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Michelle Lander, Dr.


Research Biologist


Marine Mammal Laboratory





Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115-6349

Current Activities

Michelle Lander is a wildlife biologist with MML's Alaska Ecosystem Program, where she is responsible for designing, implementing, and reporting field research related to the foraging ecology and health of Alaskan otariid pinnipeds. Her current research primarily focuses on the foraging ecology of Steller sea lions with respect to environmental features. She uses a combination of satellite telemetry, remote sensing data, GIS applications, and spatial analyses to find linkages between movements and behaviors of Steller sea lions with patterns of various oceanographic processes.


Michelle received a B.S. in biology from SUNY Albany, a M.S. in marine science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Washington. Prior to employment at NMML in July of 2004, she held positions with North Pacific Wildlife Consultants and The Marine Mammal Center.

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