Jamie Womble - Wildlife Biologist

Jamie Womble in the field.
Jamie Womble is a wildlife biologist in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Jamie Womble, Ph.D.

Wildlife Biologist

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay Field Station

3100 National Park Road

Juneau, AK 99801

(907) 364-1577

Jamie_Womble [at] nps.gov

Ph.D. Oregon State University, Wildlife Science, 2012
M.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fisheries, 2003
B.S. University of Alaska Southeast, Biology, 1998
B.S. Appalachian State University, Finance, 1992

Skills and Interest Areas

Marine Ecology, Animal movement, Population Monitoring, Foraging ecology, Resource Pulses, Marine Protected Areas

Professional Experience

2006-present Wildlife Biologist, National Park Service, Glacier Bay Field Station, Juneau, Alaska

2015-present Affiliate Faculty, University of Alaska Southeast, Department of Natural Sciences, Alaska

2014-2015 Endeavour Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2009-2012 Mamie Markham Graduate Research Fellow, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon

2003-2006 Research Biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Auke Bay Laboratory, Juneau, Alaska

1999-2003 Rasmuson Fisheries Graduate Research Fellow, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, Alaska

1998-1999 Biologist, Proyecto Chucao Chiloé, Estación Biológica Senda Darwin, Isla de Chiloé, Chile

1998 Biologist, Magellanic Penguin Project, University of Washington, Punta Tombo, Argentina

1996-1998 Wildlife & Fisheries Technician, USFS-Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau, Alaska

1996 Wildlife Technician, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Gustavus, Alaska

Professional Activities
American Geophysical Union
Society for Marine Mammalogy
International Bio-Logging Society
Women in Polar Science

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Williams, P. J., M. B. Hooten, G. G. Esslinger, J. N. Womble, J. L. Bodkin, and M. R. Bower. 2019. The rise of an apex predator following deglaciation. Diversity and Distributions 00: 1– 14. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12908

Womble, J. N., P. J. Williams, W. F. Johnson, L. F. Taylor-Thomas, and M. R. Bower. 2018. Sea otter monitoring protocol for Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: Version SO-2017.1. Natural Resource Report NPS/SEAN/NRR—2018/1762. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Matthews, L.P., Parks, S.E., Fournet, M.E., Gabriele, C.M., Womble, J.N. and Klinck, H. 2017. Source levels and call parameters of harbor seal breeding vocalizations near a terrestrial haulout site in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141(3), pp.EL274-EL280.

Gabriele, C.M., Ponirakis, D.W., Clark, C.W., Womble, J.N., Vanselow, P. 2018. Underwater Acoustic Ecology Metrics in an Alaska Marine Protected Area Reveal Marine Mammal Communication Masking and Management Alternatives. Frontiers in Marine Science 5:270.

Womble, J. N. (2018.) Influence of spring prey pulses on seasonal migrations of pinnipeds in and adjacent to Alaska’s National Parklands. Alaska Park Science 17: 53-57.

Rehberg, M., Jemison, L., Womble, J.N., O’Corry-Crowe, G. (2018-In press.) Winter movements and long-term dispersal of Steller sea lions in the Glacier Bay region of Southeast Alaska. Endangered Species Research

Gabriele, C.M., Ponirakis, D., Clark, C.W., Womble, J.N., Vanselow, P. (2018-In press.) Underwater acoustic ecology metrics in an Alaskan marine protected area reveal marine mammal communication masking and management alternatives. Frontiers in Marine Science 5:270.

Williams,P.J., Hooten, M.B., Womble, J.N., Esslinger, G.G., Bower, M.R. (2018). Monitoring dynamic spatio-temporal ecological processes optimally. Ecology doi:10.1002/ecy.2120

Williams, P.J., Hooten, Womble, J.N., Bower, M.R. (2017). Estimating occupancy and abundance using aerial images with imperfect detection. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:1679–1689. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12815.

Matthews, L.P., Parks, S.E., Fournet, M.E.H., Gabriele, C.M., Womble, J.N., Klinck, H. (2017) Source levels and call parameters of harbor seal breeding vocalizations near a terrestrial haulout site in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Express Letters 141: EL274-EL280

Williams, P.J., Hooten, M.B., Womble, J.N., Esslinger, G.G., Bower, M.R., Hefley,T.J. (2017) An integrated data model to estimate spatio-temporal occupancy, abundance, and colonization dynamics. Ecology 98 (2): 328-336. doi.10.1002/ecy.1643

McNabb, R.W, Womble, J.N., Prakash, A., Gens, R., Haselwimmer, C.E. (2016) Quantification and analysis of icebergs as habitat for harbor seals in a tidewater glacier fjord using an object-based approach. PLoS ONE 11(11):e0164444.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164444

Hays GC, Ferreira LC, Sequeira A, Meekan A, Duarte CM, Bailey H, Bailleuel F, Bowen WD, Caley MJ, Costa DP, Fossette S, Friedlaender A, Gales N, Gleiss A, Gunn J, Hazen E, Heithaus M, Heupel M, Holland K, Horning M, Jonsen I, Kooyman G, Lowe CG, Madsen P, Marsh H, Phillips R, Righton D, Ropert-Codert Y, Sato K, Shaffer S, Simpfendorder CA, Sims DW, Takahasi A, Trathan PN, Wikelski M, Womble, J.N., Thums M. (2016) Key questions in marine megafauna movement ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.015.

Womble, J.N., Blundell, G.M., Gende, S.M., Horning, M., Sigler, M.F., Csepp, D.J. (2014) Linking marine predator diving behavior to local prey fields in contrasting habitats in a subartic glacial fjord. Marine Biology 161: 1361-1374.

Lafferty, D.J.R., Belant, J.L., White, K.S., Womble, J.N., Morzillo, A.T. (2014) Linking wolf diet to changes in marine and terrestrial prey abundance. Arctic 67: 143-148.

Womble, J.N., Gende, S.M. (2013) Post-breeding season migrations of a top predator, the harbor seal, from a marine protected area in Alaska. PLoS ONE 8(2): e55386. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055386

Womble, J.N., Horning, M., Lea, M-A. Rehberg, M. (2012) Diving into the analysis of time-depth recorder and behavioral data records. Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 88-89: 61-64.

Womble, J.N. (2012). Foraging ecology, diving behavior, and migration patterns of harbor seals from a glacial fjord in Alaska in relation to prey availability and oceanographic features. Ph.D. Dissertation. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Blundell, G.M., Womble, J.N., Pendleton, G.W., Karpovich, S.A., Gende, S.M., Herreman, J.K. (2011) Use of glacial ice and terrestrial habitats by harbor seals in Glacier Bay, Alaska: costs and benefits. Marine Ecology Progress Series 429:277-290.

Mathews, E.A., Womble, J.N., Pendleton, G.W, Jemison, L.A., Maniscalco, J.M., Streveler, G. (2011) Population expansion and colonization of Steller sea lions in the Glacier Bay region of southeastern Alaska: 1970s to 2009. Marine Mammal Science 27: 852-880.

Allen, S.G., Brown, E., Faulkner, K., Gende, S.M., Womble, J. N. (2011) Conserving pinnipeds in Pacific Ocean parks in response to climate change. Park Science 28:48-52.

Womble, J.N., Pendleton, G.W., Mathews, E.A., Blundell, G.M., Bool, N.M., Gende, S.M. (2010) Harbor seal decline continues in the rapidly changing landscape of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, 1992-2008. Marine Mammal Science 26:686-697.

Womble, J.N., Conlon, S. (2010) Observation of Steller sea lion predation on a harbor seal in the Glacier Bay region of southeastern Alaska. Aquatic Mammals 36: 129-137.

Womble, J.N., Gende, S.M. (2010) Contrasting trends for harbor seals and Steller sea lions in and near Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Alaska Park Science 9: 52-55.

Sigler, M.F., Tollit, D.J., Vollenweider, J.J., Thedinga, J.F., Csepp, D.J., Womble, J.N., Wong, M.A., Rehberg, M.J., Trites, A.W. (2009) Foraging response of a marine predator, the Steller sea lion, to seasonal changes in prey availability. Marine Ecology Progress Series 388: 243-261.

Womble, J.N., Sigler, M.F., Willson, M.F. (2008) Linking seasonal distribution patterns with prey availability in a central-place forager, the Steller sea lion. Journal of Biogeography 36: 439-451.

Womble, J.N., Gende, S.M., Blundell, G.M. (2007) Dive behavior of a harbor seal in the presence of transient killer whales in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Marine Mammal Science 23:203-208.

Womble, J.N., Sigler, M.F. (2006) Seasonal availability of abundant, energy-rich prey influences the abundance and diet of a marine predator, the Steller sea lion. Marine Ecology Progress Series 325:281-293.

Womble, J.N., Sigler, M.F. (2006) Temporal variation in Steller sea lion diet at a seasonal haulout in southeastern Alaska. In: Trites A.W., Atkinson S.K., DeMaster D.P., Fritz L.W., Gelatt T.S., Rea L.D., and Wynne, K.M. (eds.) Sea Lions of the World. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Willson, M.F., Womble, J.N. (2006) Vertebrate exploitation of pulsed marine prey: a review and the example of spawning herring. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 16:183-200.

Vollenweider, J.J., Womble, J.N., Heintz, R. (2006) Estimation of seasonal energy content of Steller sea lion diet. In: Trites A.W., Atkinson S.K., DeMaster D.P., Fritz L.W., Gelatt T.S., Rea L.D., and Wynne K.M. (eds.) Sea Lions of the World. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Womble, J.N., Willson, M.F. Sigler, M.F., Kelly, B.P, and Van Blaricom, G.R. (2005) Distribution of Steller sea lions in relation to spring-spawning fish species in SE Alaska. Marine Ecology Progress Series 294: 271-282.

Sigler, M.F., Womble, J.N., Vollenweider, J.J. (2004) Availability to Steller sea lions of an ephemeral prey resource, a pre-spawning aggregation of eulachon in southeastern Alaska. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61: 1475-1484.

Womble, J.N. (2003). Seasonal distribution of Steller sea lions in relation to high-quality ephemeral prey species in southeastern Alaska. M.S. Thesis. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Gende, S. M., Womble, J.N., Willson, M.F., Marston, B.H. (2001) Cooperative foraging by Steller sea lions. Canadian Field Naturalist 115:355-356.

Last updated: April 15, 2019