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Harbor Seal Pup

The Polar Ecosystems Program conducts research and monitoring on pinnipeds in the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and Antarctic marine ecosystems. The research projects focus primarily on abundance, trends, distribution, and foraging behavior of harbor, bearded, ringed, spotted, and ribbon seals in Alaska. The primary objectives of the program are to support management and assessment of population status under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and to gain a better understanding of the factors responsible for the dynamics of populations and their roles in the ecosystem. 

Program Leader: Peter Boveng

Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Recent Cruises & Projects

Dr. Peter Boveng explains how NOAA Fisheries scientists are working to
protect and study threatened ice seals as the climate changes.

Quarterly Reports Publications
  • SCHOBERND, Z. H., N. M. BACHELER, and P. B. CONN. 2014. Examining the utility of alternative video monitoring metrics for indexing reef fish abundance. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 71:464-471. 
     
  • Ver HOEF, J., E. PETERSON, D. CLIFFORD, and R. SHAH. 2014. SSN: an R package for spatial statistical modeling on stream networks. J. Stat. Software:56(3). 
     
  • PETERSON, E., and J. Ver HOEF. 2014. STARS: an ArcGIS toolset used to calculate the spatial information needed to fit spatial statistical models to stream network data. J. Stat. Software:56(2). 
     
  • Ver HOEF, J. M., M. F. CAMERON, P. L. BOVENG, J. M. LONDON, and E. E. MORELAND. 2014. A spatial hierarchical model for abundance of three ice-associated seal species in the eastern Bering Sea. Stat. Methodol. 17:46-66. 
     
  • HALL, A. G., J. B. McNEILL, P. B. CONN, E. DAVENPORT, and A. A. HOHN. 2013. Seasonal co-occurrence of sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and commercial gill nets in southern Pamlico and northern Core Sounds, and adjacent coastal waters of North Carolina, USA. Endang. Species Res. 22:235-249. 
     
  • McCLINTOCK, B. T., P. B. CONN, R. S. ALONSO, and K. R. CROOKS. 2013. Integrated modeling of bilateral photo-identification data in mark-recapture analyses. Ecology 94:1464-1471. 
     
  • MacINTYRE, K. Q., K. M. STAFFORD, C. L. BERCHOK, and P. L. BOVENG. 2013. Year-round acoustic detection of bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) in the Beaufort Sea relative to changing environmental conditions, 2008-2010. Polar Biol. 36:1161-1173.  
     
  • CONN, P. B., B. T. McCLINTOCK, M. F. CAMERON, D. S. JOHNSON, E. E. MORELAND, and P. L. BOVENG. 2013 Accommodating species identification errors in transect surveys. Ecology 94:2607-2618. 
     
  • Additional recent Polar Ecosystems Program publications


Posters
  • Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS): Joint US-Russian Aerial Surveys for Ice-Associated Seals, April May 2012
    By:  MICHAEL CAMERON, VLADIMIR CHERNOOK
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 5.33 MB)   Online.

     
  • Ice-Associated Seal Detection and Identification from the 2012 Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS)
    By:  ERIN MORELAND, BRETT McCLINTOCK, MICHAEL CAMERON, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 2.26 MB)   Online.

     
  • Will Global Warming Result in Habitat Gains for Ice-breeding Bearded Seals? (2012 conference)
    By:  SHAWN P. DAHLE, MICHAEL F. CAMERON, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2012
    (2012 poster, .pdf, 3.59 MB)   Online.

     
  • Synoptic Aerial Surveys and Abundance Estimates for Ice-associated Seals in US and Russian Waters
    By:  MICHAEL CAMERON, PETER BOVENG, ERIN MORELAND, JAY Ver HOEF, VLADIMIR CHERNOOK
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2012
    (2012 poster, .pdf, 6.45 MB)   Online.

     
  • Hematology Values, Dive Characteristics and Food Habits of Ribbon and Spotted Seals in the Bering Sea
    By:  HEATHER ZIEL, JOSH LONDON, MICHAEL CAMERON, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2012
    (2012 poster, .pdf, 9.77 MB)   Online.

     
  • Estimating Productivity and Pup Growth Using Aerial Imagery of Harbor Seals on Ice
    By:  JOHN JANSEN, JAY Ver HOEF, GAVIN BRADY, SHAWN DAHLE, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2012
    (2012 poster, .pdf, 7.31 MB)   Online.

     
  • Seasonal Migration of Bearded Seals Between Intensive Foraging Patches Preference and Breeding Site Fidelity
    By:  PETER BOVENG, MICHAEL CAMERON, JOHN GOODWIN, ALEX WHITING
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2012
    (2012 poster, .pdf, 756 KB)   Online.

     
  • A General Modeling Framework for Animal Movement in Discrete Time Using Multi-State Random Walks
    By:  BRETT T. McCLINTOCK, RUTH KING, LEN THOMAS, JASON MATTHIOPOULOS, BERNIE J. McCONNELL, JUAN M. MORALES
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2012
    (2012 poster, .pdf, 16.43 MB)   Online.

     
  • Additional recent Polar Ecosystems Program poster presentations



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