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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

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.

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
  • CONN, P. B., and R. T. ALISAUSKAS. 2018. Simultaneous modelling of movement, measurement error, and observer dependence in mark-recapture distance sampling: An application to Arctic bird surveys. Ann. Appl. Stat. 12:96-122. https://doi.org/10.1214/17-AOAS1108   Online.
     
  • CAMERON, M. F., K. J. FROST, J. M. Ver HOEF, G. A. BREED, A. V. WHITING, J. GOODWIN, and P. L. BOVENG. 2018. Habitat selection and seasonal movements of young bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) in the Bering Sea. PLoS One 13(2):e0192743. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192743   Online.
     
  • BOVENG, P. and L. LOWRY. 2018. Ribbon seal, Histriophoca fasciata, pp. 811-813 In: B. Würsig, J. G. M. Thewissen, and K. M. Kovacs, (editors). Encyclopedia of marine mammals, 3rd edition. Academic Press, London, San Diego. 1157p. 
     
  • CITTA, J. J., L. F. LOWRY, L. T. QUAKENBUSH, B. P. KELLY, A. S. FISCHBACH, J. M. LONDON, C. V. JAY, K. J. FROST, G. O. C. CROWE, J. A. CRAWFORD, P. L. BOVENG, M. CAMERON, A. L. VON DUYKE, M. NELSON, L. A. HARWOOD, P. RICHARD, R. SUYDAM, M. P. HEIDE-JØRGENSEN, R. C. HOBBS, D. I. LITOVKA, M. MARCOUX, A. WHITING, A. S. KENNEDY, J. C. GEORGE, J. ORR, and T. GRAY. 2018. A multi-species synthesis of satellite telemetry data in the Pacific Arctic (1987–2015): Overlap of marine mammal distributions and core use areas. Deep Sea Res. II https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.02.006   Online.
     
  • VER HOEF, J. M., E. E. PETERSON, M. B. HOOTEN, E. M. HANKS, and M.-J. FORTIN. 2018. Spatial autoregressive models for statistical inference from ecological data. Ecological Monographs 88:36-59. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1283   Online.
     
  • ZIMMERMAN, D. L. and J. M. Ver HOEF. 2017. The Torgegram for fluvial variography: Characterizing spatial dependence on stream networks. J. Comput. Graph. Stat. 26:253-264. https://doi.org/10.1080/10618600.2016.1247006  Online.
     
  • HORNING, M., M. HAULENA, P. A. TUOMI, J.-A. E. MELLISH, C. E. GOERTZ, K. WOODIE, R. K. BERNGARTT, S. JOHNSON, C. R. SHUERT, K. A. WALKER, J. P. SKINNER, and P. L. BOVENG. 2017. Best practice recommendations for the use of fully implanted telemetry devices in pinnipeds. Anim. Biotelemetry 5:e13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40317-017-0128-9 Errata: Anim. Biotelemetry 5:e16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40317-017-0131-1  Online.
     
  • SILBER, G. K., M. D. LETTRICH, P. O. THOMAS, J. D. BAKER, M. BAUMGARTNER, E. A. BECKER, P. BOVENG, D. M. DICK, J. FIECHTER, J. FORCADA, K. A. FORNEY, R. G. GRIFFIS, J. A. HARE, A. J. HOBDAY, D. HOWELL, K. L. LAIDRE, N. MANTUA, L. QUAKENBUSH, J. A. SANTORA, K. M. STAFFORD, P. SPENCER, C. STOCK, W. SYDEMAN, K. Van HOUTAN, and R. S. WAPLES. 2017. Projecting marine mammal distribution in a changing climate. Front. Mar. Sci. 4:413 (14p.). DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00413   Online.
     
  • 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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