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Population Ecology of Stellar Sea Lions and Northern Fur Seals in Alaska


National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.40.B6138 Seattle, WA 98112


Name E-mail Phone
Gelatt, Tom 206.526.4040


The Alaska Fisheries Science Center at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) investigates marine mammal populations throughout Alaska in response to NMFS responsibilities under Federal legislation, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Fur Seal Act, and Endangered Species Act. NMML’s Alaska Ecosystem Program conducts research on Stellar sea lions and northern fur seals addressing foraging ecology, life history, and population dynamics in order to understand the role of natural and anthropogenic factors on their status and trends. Examples of this research involve the use of satellite telemetry to monitor animal movements and behavior relative to known fishery use areas, physiological sampling to examine health and condition as possible indicators of population status, disease and contaminant studies, and population modeling to track abundance. Much of the work focuses on hypotheses generated to explain population declines in both species. Annual monitoring of populations is required to examine differences in population trends that may reflect changes in the marine environment. Appropriate research for an Associate includes investigating the influence of anthropogenic and natural factors on Stellar sea lion and northern fur seal life history traits, and foraging behavior, using recently developed scientific methods to refine existing knowledge about species biology and population dynamics, and examining the relationship of habitat use and availability. We are especially interested in an Associate who can bring a unique skill or expertise to the evolving issues surrounding these two species.


Stellar sea lion; Northern fur seal;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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