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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
  • MUTO, M. M., V. T. HELKER, R. P. ANGLISS, B. A. ALLEN, P. L. BOVENG, J. M. BREIWICK, M. F. CAMERON, P. J. CLAPHAM, S. P. DAHLE, M. E. DAHLHEIM, B. S. FADELY, M. C. FERGUSON, L. W. FRITZ, R. C. HOBBS, Y. V. IVASHCHENKO, A. S. KENNEDY, J. M. LONDON, S. A. MIZROCH, R. R. REAM, E. L. RICHMOND, K. E. W. SHELDEN, R. G. TOWELL, P. R. WADE, J. M. WAITE, and A. R. ZERBINI. 2016. Alaska marine mammal stock assessments, 2015. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-323, 300 p. (.pdf, 12 MB).  Online.
     
  • CONN P. B., E. E. MORELAND, E. V. REGEHR, E. L. RICHMOND, M. F. CAMERON, and P. L. BOVENG. 2016 Using simulation to evaluate wildlife survey designs: Polar bears and seals in the Chukchi Sea. Royal Soc. Open Sci. 3:150561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150561.  Online.
     
  • RUSSELL, D. J. F., B. T. McCLINTOCK, J. MATTHIOPOULOS, P. M. THOMPSON, D. THOMPSON, P. S. HAMMOND, E. L. JONES, M. L. MACKENZIE, S. MOSS, and B. J. MCCONNELL. 2015. Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of activity budgets in sympatric grey and harbour seals. Oikos 124(11):1462-1472. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.02138.  Online.
     
  • McCLINTOCK, B. T. 2015. Multimark: an R package for analysis of capture-recapture data consisting of multiple "noninvasive" marks. Ecol. Evol. 5:4920-4931. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1676  Online.
     
  • CONN, P. B., D. S. JOHNSON, and P. L. BOVENG. 2015. On extrapolating past the range of observed data when making statistical predictions in ecology. PLoS ONE 10:e0141416. DOI: 10.1371/journal. pone.0141416 
     
  • Ver HOEF, J. M., and P. L. BOVENG. 2015. Iterating on a single model is a viable alternative to multimodel inference. J.Wildl. Manage. 79(5):719-729. 
     
  • RUSHWORTH, A. M., E. E. PETERSON, J. M. Ver HOEF, and A. W. BOWMAN. 2015. Validation and comparison of geostatistical and spline models for spatial stream networks. Environmetrics 26(5):327-338. DOI: 10.1002/env.2340. (.pdf, 1.24 MB).  Online.
     
  • McCLINTOCK, B. T., D. P. ONORATO, and J. MARTIN. 2015. Endangered Florida panther population size determined from public reports of motor vehicle collision mortalities. J. Appl. Ecol. 52(4):893-901. 
     
  • Additional recent Polar Ecosystems Program publications


Posters

  • Monitoring the Small and Remote Population of Harbor Seals on Otter Island in the Pribilof
    By:  DAVID WITHROW, LAURI JEMISON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.05 MB)   Online.

     
  • Location, Location, Location: Is the Largest Harbor Seal Haulout in the World Any Different From the Others?
    By:  JOHN K. JANSEN, JAY M. Ver HOEF, GAVIN M. BRADY, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 10.97 MB)   Online.

     
  • Chukchi and East Siberian Surveys (ChESS) Joint U.S.- Russian Aerial Surveys for Ice-associated Seals and Polar Bears, 2016
    By:  ERIN MORELAND, MICHAEL CAMERON, PAUL CONN, ERIC REGEHR, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.82 MB)   Online.

     
  • Harbor Seal Movement, Dive, and Haul-Out Behaviors Near Adak Island, Alaska
    By:  SHAWN P. DAHLE, JOSH M. LONDON, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.69 MB)   Online.

     
  • Ice-Associated Seal Surveys in the Eastern Bering Sea: Gathering Baseline Data and Utilizing a Centralized Geospatial Platform
    By:  ERIN L. RICHMOND, JOSH M. LONDON, PAUL B. CONN, ERIN E. MORELAND, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 17.83 MB)   Online.

     
  • Using Aerial Photography of Harbor Seals to Compare Timing of Pupping and Weaning at Two Glacial Fjords
    By:  JOHN JANSEN, GAVIN BRADY, JAY Ver HOEF, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 20.46 MB)   Online.

     
  • Quantitative Assessment of Species Identification in Aerial Transect Surveys for Ice-Associated Seals
    By:  BRETT T. McCLINTOCK, ERIN E. MORELAND, JOSHUA M. LONDON, SHAWN P. DAHLE, GAVIN M. BRADY, ERIN L. RICHMOND, KYMBERLY M. YANO, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 3.6 MB)   Online.

     
  • Freshwater Seals of Iliamna Lake: Recent Population Updates
    By:  DAVID WITHROW, JENNIFER BURNS, PETER BOVENG, JAY Ver HOEF, GREG O’CORRY-CROWE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 12.58 MB)   Online.

     
  • Additional recent Polar Ecosystems Program poster presentations



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