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Sharon Melin, 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

Sharon Melin is a wildlife biologist with MML's California Current Ecosystem Program. Her professional goal is to conduct research that promotes the understanding of factors influencing the growth of animal populations as they recover from historical exploitation. Her current research focuses on demography and foraging ecology of California sea lions and northern fur seals in California and the factors that influence trends in the populations such as El Niño, climate change, disease, contaminants, and inter- and intra-specific competition for resources.


Sharon received a B.S. in zoology and a M.S. in wildlife science at the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota. She has been part of the California Current Ecosystem Program since 1984.

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