Michael Hannam - Ecologist

Mike in the field.
Michael Hannam enjoys the Alaskan summer en route from vegetation monitoring plots near Turquoise Lake, Lake Clark National Park.

Michael P. Hannam
Southwest Alaska I&M Network
240 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 644-3682
michael_hannam [at]

Check out these videos of Mike talking about salt marsh monitoring in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.


Ph.D. University of Washington, 2013

Dissertation: The Influence of Multiple Scales of Environmental Context on the Distribution and Interaction of an Invasive Seagrass and its Native Congener

B.S. Biology University of Notre Dame, 1999

Professional Experience

2017-Present: Ecologist, National Park Service

2017-Present: Research Associate, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington

2012-2012: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington

2009-2012: Graduate Research Fellow, NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

2005-2006: Nearshore Research Technician, Washington Department of Natural Resources

2004-2005: Land Manager, Washington Department of Natural Resources

2003: Biological Science Technician, United States Geological Survey

1999-2003: United States Army

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bartz, K. K., M. P. Hannam, T. L. Wilson, R. F. Lepak, J. M. Ogorek, D. B. Young, C. A. Eagles-Smith, and D. P. Krabbenhoft. 2023. Understanding drivers of mercury inlake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), a top-predator fish in southwest Alaska's parklands. Environmental Pollution 330: 121678.

Coletti, H., G. Hilderbrand, J. Bodkin, B. Bellachey, J. Erlenbach, G. Esslinger, M. Hannam, K. Kloecker, B. Mangipane, A. Miller, D. Monson, B. Pister, K. Griffin, K. Bodkin, and T. Smith. 2022. Where land and sea meet: Brown bears and sea otters. Frontiers for Young Minds 10: 715993.

Hults, C., T. Jones, B. Schroeder, D. Capps, D. Hansen, C. Miller, M. Hannam, and D. Kurtz. 2021. Mapping and monitoring landscape changes using structure from motion from aircraft. Alaska Park Science 20(1): 36-47.

Lefcheck, J. S., R. J. Orth, C. Dennison, William, D. E. Wilcox, R. R. Murphy, J. Keisman, C. Gurbisz, Hannam, Michael P., J. B. Landry, K. A. Moore, C. J. Patrick, J. Testa, D. E. Weller, and R. A. Batiuk (2018). Nutrient reductions lead to unprecedented recovery of a temperate coastal ecosystem. PNAS (in Press).

Orth, R. J., Dennison, C., William, Lefcheck, J. S., Gurbisz, C., Hannam, Michael P., Keisman, J., Landry, B. J., Moore, K. A., Murphy, R. R., Patrick, C. J., Testa, J., Weller, D. E., & Wilcox, D. E. Submersed aquatic vegetation in chesapeake bay: sentinel species in a changing world. Bioscience 67(8):698-712. 2017.

Patrick, J., Christopher, Weller, D. E., Williams, M. E., Hannam, Michael P., Orth, R. J., & Wilcox, D. E. Land use and salinity drive changes in SAV abundance and community composition. Estuaries and Coasts 2017.

David, A. T., Goertler, P. A. L., Munsch, S. H., Jones, B. R., Simenstad, C. A., Toft, J. D., Cordell, J. R., Howe, E. R., Gray, A., Hannam, Michael P., , Matsubu, W., & Morgan, E. E. Influences of natural and anthropogenic factors and tidal restoration on terrestrial arthropod assemblages in west coast North American estuarine wetlands. Estuaries and Coasts pp. 1–14. 2016.

Halabisky, M., Moskal, L. M., Gillespie, A., & Hannam, Michael P. Reconstructing semi-arid wetland surface water dynamics through spectral mixture analysis of a time series of Landsat satellite images (1984–2011). Remote Sensing of Environment 177:171-183. 2016.

Hannam, Michael P. & Moskal, L. M. Terrestrial laser scanning reveals seagrass habitat structure on a tideflat. Remote Sensing 7(3):3037–3055. 2015.

Hannam, Michael P. & Wyllie-Echeverria, S. Microtopography promotes coexistence of an invasive seagrass and its native congener. Biological Invasions 17(1):381–395. 2015.

Halabisky, M., Hannam, Michael P., Long, L., Vondrasek, C., & Moskal, L. M. The sharper image: High resolution remote sensing of wetlands. Wetland Science and Practice 30(2):12-31. 2013.

Last updated: August 22, 2023