Harbor Seal Research Peer-Reviewed Publications

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June 2017



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

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.

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.

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, G.C., Ferreira, L.C., Sequeira, A., Meekan, A., Duarte, C.M., Bailey, H., Bailleuel, F., Bowen, W.D., Caley, M.J., Costa, D.P., 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, C.G., Madsen, P., Marsh, H. Phillips. R., Righton, D., Ropert- Codert, Y., Sato, K., Shaffer, S., Simpfendorder, C.A., Sims, D.W., Takahasi, A., Trathan, P.N., 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.

Young, C., Gende, S.M. and Harvey, J.T. (2014) Effects of vessels on harbor seals in Glacier Bay National Park. Tourism in Marine Environments, 10(1-2): 5-20.

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 migration patterns of harbor seals from a marine protected area in Alaska. PLoS ONE 8(2): e55386. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055386PLoS One.

Hueffer, K., Gende, S.M. and O’Hara, T.M. (2013). Assay dependence of Brucella antibody prevalence in a declining Alaskan harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) population. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 55(1): 2.

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

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.

Herreman, J.K., McIntosh, A.D., Dziuba, R.K., Blundell, G.M., Ben-David, M., Greiner, E.C. (2011). Parasites of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound, Alaska. Marine Mammal Science 27:247-253.

Hueffer, H., Holcomb, D., Ballweber L.R., Gende, S., Blundell, G.M., and T. O’Hara. (2011). Serological surveillance of multiple pathogens in a declining harbor seal population in Glacier Bay National Park and a reference site. Journal of Wildlife Disease 47:984-988.

Allen, S.G., Brown, E., Faulkner, K., Gende, S.M., Womble, J. (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.

Mathews, E. A., & Adkison, M. D. (2010). The role of Steller sea lions in a large population decline of harbor seals. Marine Mammal Science 26: 803-836

Herreman, J.K., Blundell, G.M., McDonald, D.B., Ben-David, M. (2009). Asymmetrical male- mediated gene flow between harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) populations in Alaska. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87:498-507.

Herreman, J.K., Blundell, G.M., Ben-David, M. (2009). Evidence of bottom-up control of diet driven by top-down processes in a declining harbor seal Phoca vitulina richardsi population. Marine Ecology Progress Series 374: 287-300.

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., and 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.

Blundell, G.M., Gende, S.M, and Womble, J.N. (2007). Harbor seal research in Glacier Bay National Park. In: Piatt, J.F. and Gende, S.M. (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th Glacier Bay Science Symposium, U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigation Report.

Bengtson, J.L., Phillips, A.V., Mathews, E.A., , Simpkins, M.A. (2007). Comparison of survey methods for estimating abundance of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in glacial fiords. U.S. Fishery Bulletin 105:348-355.

Mathews, E.A., Pendleton, G.W. (2007). Declines in a harbor seal population in a marine reserve,Glacier Bay, Alaska, 1992–2002, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 137-140.

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.

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.

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.

Mathews, E. A. and Pendleton, G.W. (2006). Declines in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) numbers in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, 1992-2002. Marine Mammal Science 22: 167- 189.

Taggart, S. J., Andrews, A. G., Mondragon, J., & Mathews, E. A. (2005). Co-occurrence of Pacific sleeper sharks, Somniosus pacificus, and harbor seals, Phoca vitulina, in Glacier Bay. Alaska Fishery Research Bulleti 11: 113-117.

Mathews, E.A. and Womble, J.N. (1997). Abundance and distribution of harbor seals from Icy Bay to Icy Strait, Southeast Alaska during August 1996, with recommendations for a population trend route. In: Small, R.J. (ed.), Harbor Seal Investigations in Alaska Annual Report. NOAA Grant NA57FX0367. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99518.

Mathews, E.A., Kelly, B.P. (1996). Extreme temporal variation in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) numbers in Glacier Bay, a glacial fjord in Southeast Alaska. Marine Mammal Science 12, 483- 488.

Mathews, E.A. (1995). Longterm trends in abundance of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardsi) and development of monitoring methods in Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska. Pages 254–263 in D. R. Engstrom, editor. Third Glacier Bay Science Symposium. U.S. National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, AK.

Calambokidis, J., Taylor, B. L., Carter, S. D., Steiger, G. H., Dawson, P. K., & Antrim, L. D. (1987). Distribution and haul-out behavior of harbor seals in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Canadian Journal of Zoology 65: 1391-1396.


Dissertations and Theses

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

Young, C. (2009). Disturbance of harbor seals by vessels in Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. M.S. thesis. Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

Augustsson, E. (2009). Seasonal variability in group size of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) hauled out on glacial ice in Johns Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Biology, Karlstads Universitet, Karlstad, Sweden.

Herreman, J.K. (2007) Geneflow and diet for two declining harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) populations off the coast of Alaska. M.S. Thesis, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

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.

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