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The Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. Research projects focus on ecology and behavior, population dynamics, life history, and status and trends.  Information is provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management regimes for marine resources under NOAA's jurisdiction. These organizations include the NMFS Alaska and Northwest Regional Offices, the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the International Whaling Commission, and the Arctic Council. 

Research conducted by MML utilizes a variety of methods and tools to obtain needed information. Determination of status and trends of marine mammal populations requires information on abundance, stock structure, mortality and net productivity. To obtain these data, censuses are carried out from ships, aircraft and on land. Radio and satellite-linked telemetry is utilized to determine movements and migrations, critical feeding areas and depths, and other behavioral data. Sophisticated analyses and modeling are carried out to determine necessary population parameters. Research programs are carried out cooperatively with many other federal, state and private sector collaborators.

For more information about MML, please contact us at nmml.information@noaa.gov or call
the MML Director John Bengtson at (206) 526-4045, or
the MML Deputy Director Robyn Angliss at (206) 526-4032.

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Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA

7600 Sand Point Way N.E. F/AKC3
Seattle, WA 98115-6349
(206) 526-4045 (voice)
(206) 526-6615 (fax)

Note:  The National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) has recently changed its name to "Marine Mammal Laboratory" (MML). Please be aware that the former name still exists on lower-tier pages which have been retained for historical context.


Planned FY17 Field Research

2017 scheduled field research conducted by the Marine Mammal Laboratory
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Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Research Reports
Publications
  • WEST, K. L., W. A. WALKER, R. W. BAIRD, J. G. MEAD, and P. W. COLLINS. 2017. Diet of Cuvier's beaked whales Ziphius cavirostris from the North Pacific and a comparison with their diet world-wide. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 574:227-242. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12214  Online.
  • OSTROM, P. H., A. E. WILEY, H. F.JAMES, S. ROSSMAN, W. A. WALKER, E. F. ZIPKIN, and Y. CHIKARAISHI. 2017. Broad-scale trophic shift in the pelagic North Pacific revealed by an oceanic seabird. Proc. Royal Soc. B 284:e20162436 https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.2436  Online.
  • OSTROM, P. H., A. E. WILEY, H. F.JAMES, S. ROSSMAN, W. A. WALKER, E. F. ZIPKIN, and Y. CHIKARAISHI. 2017. Broad-scale trophic shift in the pelagic North Pacific revealed by an oceanic seabird. Proc. Royal Soc. B 284:e20162436 https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.2436  Online.
  • LITTNAN, C., M. BARBIERI, J. LOPEZ BOHLANDER, T. NORRIS, S. ROBINSON, and K. WILSON. 2017. Hawaiian monk seals: The biology and ecology of the world’s only tropical phocid, pp. 50-68. In J. J. Alava, (editor), Tropical Pinnipeds: Bio-Ecology, Threats and Conservation. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.  
  • WRIGHT, B. E., R. F. BROWN, R. L. DeLONG, P. J. GEARIN, S. D. RIEMER, J. L. LAAKE, and J. J. SCORDINO. 2017. Survival rates of Steller sea lions from Oregon and California. J. Mammal. 98:885-894. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyx033  Online.
  • TAYLOR, B. L., F. I. ARCHER, K. K. MARTIEN, P. E. ROSEL, B. L. HANCOCK-HANSER, A. R. LANG, M. S. LESLIE, S. L. MESNICK, P. A. MORIN, V. L. PEASE, W. F. PERRIN, K. M. ROBERTSON, K. M. PARSONS, A. VIRICEL, N. L. VOLLMER, F. CIPRIANO, R. R. REEVES, M. KRUTZEN, and C. S. BAKER. 2017. Guidelines and quantitative standards to improve consistency in cetacean subspecies and species delimitation relying on molecular genetic data. Mar. Mammal Sci. 33:132-155. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12411  Online.
  • SMALL, R. J., B. BROST, M. HOOTEN, M. CASTELLOTE, and J. MONDRAGON. 2017. Potential for spatial displacement of Cook Inlet beluga whales by anthropogenic noise in critical habitat. Endang. Spec. Res. 32: 43-57. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00786  Online.
  • ROSEL, P. E., B. L. TAYLOR, B. L. HANCOCK-HANSER, P. A. MORIN, F. I. ARCHER, A. R. LANG, S. L. MESNICK, V. L. PEASE, W. F. PERRIN, K. M. ROBERTSON, M. S. LESLIE, A. BERTA, F. CIPRIANO, K. M. PARSONS, A. VIRICEL, N. L. VOLLMER, and K. K. MARTIEN. 2017. A review of molecular genetic markers and analytical approaches that have been used for delimiting marine mammal subspecies and species. Mar. Mammal Sci. 33:56-75. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12412  Online.
  • Additional Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • Comparing Estimates of Arctic Cetacean Density Derived from Manned and Unmanned Aerial Surveys
    By:  FERGUSON, MEGAN, ROBYN P. ANGLISS, VAN HELKER, AMY KENNEDY, BOB LYNCH, AMY WILLOUGHBY, AMELIA A. BROWER, JANET T CLARKE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2017
    (2017 poster, .pdf, 12.463 MB)   Online.

  • Severe Decline in Abundance on Steller Sea Lion Rookery at Medny Island (Commander Islands), Russia
    By:  NATASHA LASKINA, VLADIMIR BURKANOV, THOMAS GELATT
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.16 MB)   Online.

  • Gray Whale Calf Occurrence in the Chukchi Sea, Summer and Fall 2015
    By:  AMY WILLOUGHBY, AMELIA BROWER, JANET CLARKE, MEGAN FERGUSON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.46 MB)   Online.

  • Fur Seal Foraging Behavior Reflects Prey Stock Structure, Abundance, and Responses to Variable Oceanography and Storms
    By:  JEREMY T. STERLING, MIKE E. GOEBEL, SARA J. IVERSON, STAN KOTWICKI, NOEL A. PELLAND, ROLF R. REAM, ALAN M. SPRINGER
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.56 MB)   Online.

  • Postpartum Period in the Steller Sea Lions of the Commander Islands: the Connection With Decline in Natality
    By:  SERGEY D. RYAZANOV, VLADIMIR N. BURKANOV, THOMAS S. GELATT
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.4 MB)   Online.

  • 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.

  • Longline Fisheries and Their Possible Effect on Steller Sea Lions in the Russian Side of the Bering Sea
    By:  S. V. FOMIN, Y. B. ARTUKHIN, A. I. TESTIN, O. A. BELONOVICH, V. N. BURKANOV
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.02 MB)   Online.

  • Additional Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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