Marine Mammal Ecology Lab

Past Undergraduate Students

Madison McKay

2018-2019. Current: Natural Resource Assistant, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Newmarch, M. 2019. Effects of sport fishing on harbor seal hunting success. 23rd Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Seattle.

Wyatt Heimnbichner-Goebel

2018-2019. Recent graduate.

Heimnbichner-Goebel, W. 2019. The effect of anthropogenic noise disturbance on day-time haul out patterns of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). 23rd Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Seattle.

Alisa Aist

2017-2019. Current: Fish and Wildlife Technician, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Aist, A. 2019. Attitudes towards harbors seal presence in downtown Bellingham, WA. 23rd Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Seattle.

MacKenna Newmarch

2017-2018. Current: Research Technician, New York University.

Newmarch, M. 2018. Feeding success of harbor seals in relation to hunting technique at Whatcom Creek. 22nd Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Newport.

Raven Benko

2016-2017. Current: Internship to Fellowship Program, Smithsonian Institution.

Benko, R. 2017. Long-term monitoring reveals evidence of habituation to construction disturbance at a harbor seal haul-out site in Bellingham, WA. 21st Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Vancouver, Canada.

Rachel Wachtendonk

2016-2017. Current: MSc student, Universidade do Algarve.

Wachtendonk, R., Matthews, E. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2017. Are there rogue seals in Whatcom Creek? The potential impact of harbor seals on a local salmon hatchery. 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Halifax, Canada.

Daniel Woodrich

2015-2016. Current: Protected Species Observer, Northwest Environmental Consulting.

Woodrich, D. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2016. Effects of environmental variables on harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) occurrence at a seasonal foraging site in Bellingham, Washington. Student Poster Presentation, Scholars Week, WWU, Bellingham, USA. Outstanding Award.

Nicholas Wesen

2015. Current: Veterinary Student, Washington State University.

Seasonal variation of harbor seal occurrence in Bellingham.

Sara Spitzer

2014-2015. Co-advised with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz, Current: Research Associate, Illumina, Inc.

Schwarz, D., Spitzer, S., Thomas, A., Kohnert, C., Keates, T. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2018. Large scale molecular diet analysis in a generalist marine mammal reveals male preference for prey of conservation concern. Ecology and Evolution 8:9889-9905.

Erin Matthews

2014-2015. Current: Research Assistant, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve.

Matthews, E. 2015. Aggregative response of harbor seals and occurrence of rogue individuals relative to adult salmonid runs. 19th Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Corvallis, USA.

Ashlyn Teather

2014-2015. Current: MEd student, University of Minnesota Duluh.

Teather, A., La Ferr, A. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2015. Long term effects of development on Phoca vitulina numbers in Bellingham, Washington. 19th Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Corvallis, USA.

Raquel Robayo-Krause

2013-2014. Current: Registered Nurse, Providence Health and Services.

Robayo-Krause, R., Matthews, E. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2014. Temporal variation in aggregative response of harbor seals and occurrence of rogue individuals relative to adult chum salmonid runs. 18th Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Bellingham, USA.

Nathan Moore

2013-2014. Current: Science Teacher, Byhalia Middle School.

Moore, N. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2014. Variation in numbers of harbor seals relative to human development. 18th Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Bellingham, USA.

Dr. Kelsey Moreno

2012-2013. Current: Post-doctoral Researcher, Tel Aviv University. (PhD from University of Southern Mississippi.)

Moreno, K. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2016. The social structure of Golfo Dulce bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the influence of behavioural state. Royal Society Open Science 3:160010. (big file)

Erika Winner

2012-2013. Current: Lead Biological Technician, Bureau of Land Management.

Winner, E., Stehr, E. & Acevedo, A. 2013. Aggregative response of harbor seals to adult salmonid runs and the occurrence of 'rogue' individuals.  17th Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy NW Student Chapter, Seattle, USA.

Emily Mulnick

2012-2013. Current: Science, Spanish, Leadership Coach, One Stone, Inc.

Seasonal variation of harbor seal occurrence in Bellingham.

Kelly Cates

2011-2012. Current: PhD student, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Cates, K. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2017. Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) tolerance to vessels under different levels of boat traffic. Aquatic Mammals 43:193-200.

Bobbie Buzzell

2011-2012. Current: MSc student, Western Washington University.

Buzzell, B., Lance, M. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2014. Spatial and temporal variation in river otter (Lontra canadensis) diet and predation on rockfish (Genus Sebastes) in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Aquatic Mammals 40:150-161. (big file)

Erin Stehr

2011-2012. Current: Commercial Salmon Observer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Stehr, E. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2012. Aggregate response of harbor seals to adult salmonid runs and the occurrence of 'rogue' individuals. Scholar's Week WWU Sigma-Xi Chapter, Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA.

Kelley van Hees (Andrews)

2009-2011. After graduation: MSc from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Diet of river otters in the San Juan Islands.

Amanda Betz (Chomos)

2008-2009. After graduation: Marine Mammal Biologist, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Vennum, C., Chomos, A., Hardee, S, & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2009. Seasonal variation of harbor seal core home ranges in the Pacific Northwest. Scholar's Week WWU Sigma-Xi Chapter, Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA.

Christopher Vennum

2008-2009. Current: Current: PhD student, Colorado State University. (MSc from University of Nevada Ren

Vennum, C., Chomos, A., Hardee, S. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2009. Seasonal variation of harbor seal core home ranges in the Pacific Northwest. Scholar's Week WWU Sigma-Xi Chapter, Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA.

Kevin Eyer

2008-2009. Current: Science Teacher, Kingston Middle School.

Outreach: Lesson plans teaching about harbor seal movements to elementary school children in Bellingham, WA.

Sara Cendejas-Zarelli

2007-2009. Biologist, The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Cendejas-Zarelli, S. 2011. Nocturnal haul-out patterns of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) related to airborne noise levels in Bellingham, Washington, USA. Aquatic Mammals 37:167-174.

Lauren Grant

2007-2008. After graduation: Student Teacher, Lake Washington School District.

Diet of river otters in the San Juan Islands.

Jessica Farrer

2006-2008. Current: Professional Photographer, Jessica Farrer Photography.

Farrer, J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2010. Use of haul-out sites by harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in Bellingham: implications for future development. Northwestern Naturalist 91:74-79.

Dr. K. James Soda

2007. Current: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Notre Dame. (PhD from Florida State University.)

Alcid and cormorant foraging behavior in Burrows Channel, Anacortes, WA.

Dr. Jessie Patterson

2006. Current: Physical Therapist, Valley Physical Therapy. (DPT from University of Montana.)

Patterson, J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2008. Tidal influence on the haul-out behavior of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) at a site available at all tide levels. Northwestern Naturalist 89:17-23.

Dr. Sarah Myhre

2003-2006. Current: Research Associate, University of Washington. (PhD from University of California Davis.)

Myhre, S. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2007. Recovery of sea urchin Diadema antillarum populations is correlated to increased coral and reduced macroalgal cover. Marine Ecology Progress Series 329:205-210.

Amber Johnson

2004-2005. After graduation: Biologist, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. (MSc from Oregon State University.)

Johnson, A. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2007. Regulation compliance by vessels and disturbance of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) disturbance. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:290-294.

Alyssa Matthews

2003-2005. After graduation: MSc from University of Washington.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Matthews, A. 2005. Association patterns of bottlenose dolphins in Costa Rica: constant companions and casual acquaintances. Abstracts of the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Diego, USA.

Morghan Austin

2003-2004. Current: Office manager, Bridgeport Behavioral Health.

Austin, M. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2004. Acorn barnacle (Balanus glandula) size in relation to presence of predators. Scholar's Week WWU Sigma-Xi Chapter, Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA.