Heather Coletti - Marine Ecologist

Heather uses a spotting scope to observe sea otter foraging behavior.
Heather observes sea otter foraging behavior in nearshore monitoring.

NPS/Jim Pfeiffenberger

Heather Coletti
Marine Ecologist

Southwest Alaska I&M Network
National Park Service

4175 Geist Rd., Fairbanks, AK 99709


Heather_Coletti [at] nps.gov

Current Activities
Monitoring resources that are explicitly linked to the marine nearshore along regions within the Gulf of Alaska through the NPS SWAN I&M program and Gulf Watch Alaska.

MSc. University of New Hampshire, Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation, 2006

B.S. University of Rhode Island, Zoology, 1997

Professional Experience
2008-Present: Marine Ecologist, National Park Service, Southwest Alaska Network, Fairbanks, AK

2002-2008: Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

2001-2002: Biological Technician, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK

2001: Fisheries Biologist, USGS, Glacier Bay, AK

2000: Research Assistant, US Fish and Wildlife, Kenai, AK

Selected Publications

Robinson, B.H., H.A. Coletti, L.M. Phillips & A.N. Powell. 2018. Are prey remains accurate indicators of chick diet? A comparison of diet quantification techniques for Black Oystercatchers. Wader Study 125(1): 00–00.

Ballachey, B.E., J.L. Bodkin, K.A. Kloecker, T.A. Dean, and H.A. Coletti. 2015. Monitoring for Evaluation of Recovery and Restoration of Injured Nearshore Resources. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 10100750), U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Ballachey, B., J. Bodkin, H. Coletti, T. Dean, D. Esler, G. Esslinger, K. Iken, K. Kloecker, B. Konar, M. Lindeberg, D. Monson, M. Shephard, and B. Weitzman. 2015. Variability within nearshore ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska. In: Quantifying temporal and spatial variability across the northern Gulf of Alaska to understand mechanisms of change. Gulf Watch Alaska Synthesis Report to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Projects 14120114 and 14120120.

Bodkin, J., B. Ballachey, H. Coletti, G. Esslinger, K. Kloecker, S. Rice, J. Reed and D. Monson. 2012. Long-term effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill: Sea otter foraging in the intertidal as a pathway of exposure to lingering oil. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Bodkin, J. L., B. E. Ballachey, G. G. Esslinger, K. A. Kloecker, D. H. Monson, and H. A. Coletti. 2007. Perspectives of an invading predator: Sea otters in Glacier Bay. Pp.133-136 in J. F. Piatt and S. M. Gende (eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, 246 p.

Coletti, H., D. Esler, B. Ballachey, J. Bodkin, G. Esslinger, K. Kloecker, D. Monson, B. Robinson, B. Weitzman, T. Dean, and M. Lindeberg. 2017. Gulf Watch Alaska: Nearshore Benthic Systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 16120114-R), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Coletti, H. A., J. L. Bodkin, D. H. Monson, B. E. Ballachey and T. A. Dean. 2016. Detecting and inferring cause of change in an Alaska nearshore marine ecosystem. Ecosphere 7 (10): e01489.10.1002/ecs2.1489

Coletti, H.A. and T.L. Wilson. 2015. Nearshore marine bird surveys: data synthesis, analysis and recommendations for sampling frequency and intensity to detect population trends. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 12120114-F), National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Coletti, H. A. J. L. Bodkin and G. G. Esslinger. 2011. Distribution and density of marine birds and mammals along the Kenai Fjords National Park coastline - March 2010: Southwest Alaska Network Inventory and Monitoring Program. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SWAN/NRTR—2011/451. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Coletti, H. A., J. L. Bodkin, and G. G. Esslinger. 2011. Sea otter abundance in Kenai Fjords national Park: results from the 2010 aerial survey: Southwest Alaska Inventory and Monitoring. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SWAN/NRTR—2011/417. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Coletti, H. 2006. Correlating sea otter density and behavior to habitat attributes in Prince William Sound, Alaska: A model for prediction. MS Thesis, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. pp. 99.

Dean, T. A., J. L. Bodkin, and H. A. Coletti. 2014. Protocol Narrative for Nearshore Marine Ecosystem Monitoring in the Gulf of Alaska: Version 1.1. Natural Resource Report NPS/SWAN/NRR - 2014/756. Fort Collins, Colorado.

Konar, B, K. Iken, H. Coletti, D. Monson, and B. Weitzman. 2016. Influence of static habitat attributes on local and regional rocky intertidal community structure. Estuaries and Coasts 39: 1735-1745.