Marine Mammal Ecology Lab

Past MSc Students

Nathaniel Guilford

2018-2020. Current: Research Associate II, The Allen Institute.

Co-advised with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz.

Guilford, N. 2020. A non-invasive technique for tracking a marine predator (Phoca vitulina) through molecular scat analysis. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Jonathan Blubaugh

2018-2020. Current: Recent graduate.

Co-advised with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz.

Blubaugh, J. 2020. The impacts of sex-specific diets of a marine predator on ecosystem models. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Madelyn Voelker

2016-2018. Current: Supervisor, Northwest Pathology.

Co-advised with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz.

Voelker, M. R., Schwarz, D., Thomas, A., Nelson, B. W. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2020. Large-scale molecular barcoding of prey DNA reveals predictors of intrapopulation feeding diversity in a marine predator Ecology and Evolution 10:9867-9885.

Voelker, M. 2018. Cross-sectional scat sampling reveals intrapopulation feeding diversity in a marine predator. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Adrianne Akmajian

2014-2016. Current: Marine Ecologist, Makah Tribe.

Akmajian, A. M., Scordino, J. J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2017. Year-round algal toxin exposure in free-ranging sea lions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 583:243-258.

Akmajian, A. M. 2016. Year-round algal toxin exposure in free-ranging sea lions: implications of trophic exposure for declining populations. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.(big file)

Kat Nikolich

2013-2015. Current: PhD student, University of Victoria.

Nikolich, K., Frouin-Moury, H. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2018. Clear diel patterns in breeding calls of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) at Hornby Island, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96:1236-1243.

Nikolich, K., Frouin-Moury, H. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2016. Quantitative classification of harbor seal breeding calls in Georgia Strait, Canada. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140:1300-1308.

Nikolich, K. A. 2015. The vocal breeding behaviour of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in Georgia Strait, Canada: temporal patterns and vocal repertoire. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.(big file)

Dr. Erin D'Agnese

2012-2015. Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Washington. (PhD from University of California Davis.)

D'Agnese, E. M. 2015. The effect of maternal traits on rearing success in Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardsii). MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Andrew Rothstein

2012-2015. Current: PhD student, University of California Berkeley.

Co-advised with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz.
Rothstein, A. P., McLaughlin, R., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Schwarz, D. 2017. WISEPAIR: a computer program for individual matching in genetic tracking studies. Molecular Ecology Resources 17:267-277.

Rothstein, A. P. 2015. Non-invasive genetic tracking of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. (big file)

Jennifer Olson

2011-2013. Current: Marine Science Instructor, Ocean Research College Academy.

Olson, J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2017. Influence of human exposure on the anti-predatory response of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). Aquatic Mammals 43:673-681.

Olson, J. K. 2013. The effect of human exposure on the anti-predatory response of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Sasha Ertl (McFarland)

2007-2013. Current: Biologist, Grette Associates.

McFarland, A. S. 2013. Influence of sex and body mass on harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) diving behavior. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Dr. Austen Thomas

2008-2010. Current: Research Scientist, Smith-Root. (PhD from University of British Columbia.)

Thomas, A. C., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J., Miner, B. G. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2011. Harbor seal foraging response to seasonal resource pulse. spawning Pacific herring. Marine Ecology Progress Series 441:225-239.

Thomas, A. 2010. The behavioral response of harbor seals to seasonal prey pulses of spawning Pacific herring. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. (big file)

Sarah M. Howard

2007-2009. Current: Biologist, National Park Service.

Howard, S. M. S., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2013. Fish consumption by harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Fishery Bulletin 111:27-41.

Howard, S. 2009. Seasonal energy budgets to model energy use and prey consumption in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in the San Juan Islands, WA. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Katie Luxa

2004-2008. Current: Contractor, National Marine Mammal Laboratory.

Luxa, K. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2013. Food habits of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in two estuaries in the central Salish Sea. Aquatic Mammals 39:10-22. (big file)

Luxa, K. 2008. Food habits of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in two estuaries in northern Puget Sound,Washington. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. (big file)

Dr. Sarah Peterson (Hardee)

2006-2008. Current: Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey. (PhD from University of California Santa Cruz.)

Peterson, S. H., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2012. Long distance movements and disjunct spatial use of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest. PLoS ONE 7:e39046.

Hardee, S. 2008. Movements and home ranges of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. (big file)

Dr. Kenady Wilson (Reuland)

2006-2008. Current: Research Scientist, Wildlife Computers. (PhD from Duke University.)

Wilson, K., Lance, M., Jeffries, S. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2014. Fine-scale variability in harbor seal foraging behavior. PLoS ONE 9:e92838.

Reuland, K. 2008. Seasonal variation in the foraging behavior of harbor seals in the Georgia Basin: implications for marine reserves. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

Adria Banks

2003-2007. Current: Quantitative Analyst, Ecotope.

Banks, A. 2007. Harbor seal abundance and habitat use relative to candidate marine reserves in Skagit Co., WA. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.