Marine Mammal Ecology Lab

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Publications authored or co-authored by lab members

(*WWU undergraduate student, **WWU graduate student)

Nelson, B. W., Pearson, S. F., Anderson, J. H., Jeffries, S., Thomas, A. C., Walker, W. A., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Kemp, I. M., Lance, M. M., Louden, A., & Voelker, M. R.**. 2021. Variation in predator diet and prey size affects perceived impacts to salmon species of high conservation concern. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Hanuscin, D., Donovan, D., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Borda, E., DeBari, S., Melton, J., Le, T., Morrison, W., & Ronca, R. 2021. Supporting the professional development of science teacher educators through shadowing. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.

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.

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.

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.

Carlén, I., Thomas, L., Carlström, J., Amundin, M., Teilmann, J., Tregenza, N., Tougaard, J., Koblitz, J.C., Sveegaard, S., Wennerberg, D., Loisa, O., Dähne, M., Brundiers, K., Kosecka, M., Kyhn, L.A., Ljungqvist, C.T., Pawliczka, I., Koza, R., Arciszewski, B., Galatius, A., Jabbusch, M., Laaksonlaita, J., Niemi, J., Lyytinen, S., Gallus, A., Benke, H., Blankett, P., Skóra, K.E., & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2018. Basin-scale distribution of harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea provides basis for effective conservation actions. Biological Conservation 226:43-53.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2018. Group behavior. In: Würsig, B., Thewissen, J. G. M. & Kovacs, K. K. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. pp 428-435. 3rd edition. Academic Press, San Diego, USA.

Chasco, B. E., Kaplan, I. C., Thomas, A. C., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Noren, D. P., Ford, M. J., Hanson, M. B., Scordino, J. J., Jeffries, S. J., Marshall, K. N. Shelton, A. O., Matkin, C., Burke, B. J. & Ward, E. J. 2017. Competing tradeoffs between increasing marine mammal predation and fisheries harvest of Chinook salmon. Scientific Reports 7:15439.

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.

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.

Chasco, B., Kaplan, I. C., Thomas, A., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Noren, D. P., Ford, M. J., Hanson, M. B., Scordino, J., Jeffries, S. J., Pearson, S. F., Marshall, K. & Ward, E. J. 2017. Estimates of Chinook salmon consumption in Washington State inland waters by four marine mammal predators from 1970 - 2015. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74:1173-1194.

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.

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

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)

Nikolich, K.**, Frouin-Mouy, 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.

Adams, J., Kaplan, I., Chasco, B., Marshall, K. N., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Ward, E. J. 2016. A century of Chinook salmon consumption by marine mammal predators in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Ecological Informatics 34:45-51.

Bjorland, R. H., Pearson, S. F, Jeffries, S. J, Lance, M. M., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Ward, E. J. 2015. Stable isotope mixing models elucidate sex and size effects on the diet of a generalist marine predator. Marine Ecology Progress Series 526:213-225. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Wilson, K.**, Lance, M., Jeffries, S. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2014. Fine-scale variability in harbor seal foraging behavior. PLoS ONE 9:e92838. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

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) (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Bessesen, B. L., Oviedo, L., Hart, L. B., Herra-Miranda, D., Pacheco-Polanco, J. D., Baker, L.*, Saborio-R., G., Bermudez-Villapol, L. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2014. Lacaziosis-like disease among bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus photographed in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 107:173-180.

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) (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Bromaghin, J. F., Lance, M. M., Elliott, E. W., Jeffries, S. J., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Kennish, J. M. 2013. New insights into the diets of harbor seals in the Salish Sea of western North America revealed by quantitative fatty acid signature analysis. Fishery Bulletin 111:13-26. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Howard, S.**, Lance, M., Jeffries, S. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2013. Fish consumption by harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in the San Juan Islands, WA. Fishery Bulletin 111:27-41. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Lance, M. M., Chang, W.-Y., Jeffries, S. J., Pearson, S. F. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2012. Harbor seal diet in northern Puget Sound: implications for the recovery of depressed fish stocks. Marine Ecology Progress Series 464:257-271. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Peterson, S.**, 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. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Ward, E. J., Levin, P. S., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2012. Integrating diet and movement data to identify hot spots of predation risk and areas of conservation concern for endangered species. Conservation Letters 5:37-47. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Thomas, A.**, Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J., Miner, B. G. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2011. Harbor seal foraging response to a seasonal resource pulse, spawning Pacific herring. Marine Ecology Progress Series 441:225-239. (NSF #OCE-0550443)

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Acevedo, L. & Boren, L. 2011. Effects of the presence of official-looking volunteers on harassment of New Zealand fur seals. Conservation Biology 25:623-627.

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 32:167-174.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Acevedo, L., Belonovich, O. & Boren, L. 2011. How effective are posted signs to regulate tourism? An example with New Zealand fur seals. Tourism in Marine Environments 7:39-41.

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.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2009. Group behavior. In: Perrin, W. F., Würsig, B. & Thewissen, J. G. M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. pp 510-520. 2nd edition. Academic Press, San Diego, USA.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2009. Habitat use. In: Perrin, W. F., Würsig, B. & Thewissen, J. G. M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. pp 525-529. 2nd edition. Academic Press, San Diego, USA.

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.

Johnson, A.* & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2007. Regulation compliance and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) disturbance.Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:290-294.

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.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., DiBerardinis, A., Larkin, S., Larkin, L. & Forestell, P. 2005. Social interactions between tucuxis and bottlenose dolphins in Gandoca-Manzanillo, Costa Rica. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 4:49-54.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Stienessen, S. C. 2004. Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) increase number of whistles when feeding. Aquatic Mammals 30:357-362.

Pre-Western Alejandro's Publications

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2002. Interactions between marine predators: dolphin food intake is related to number of sharks. Marine Ecology Progress Series 240:267-271.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 2002. Group behavior. In: Perrin, W. F., Würsig, B. & Thewissen, J. G. M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. pp 537-544. Academic Press, San Diego, USA.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Croll, D. & Tershy, B. 2002. High feeding costs limit dive time in large whales. The Journal of Experimental Biology 205:1747-1753.

Croll, D., Clark, C. W., Acevedo, A., Tershy, B., Flores, S., Gedamke, J. & Urban, J. 2002. Only male fin whales sing loud songs. Nature 417:809.

Croll, D., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Tershy, B. & Urban-Ramirez, J. 2001. The diving behavior of blue and fin whales: is dive duration shorter than expected based on oxygen stores? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 129:797-809.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Parker, N. 2000. Surface behavior of bottlenose dolphins is related to spatial arrangement of prey. Marine Mammal Science 16:287-298.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 1999. Aerial behavior is not a social facilitator in bottlenose dolphins hunting in small groups. Journal of Mammalogy 80:768-776.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Burkhart, S. 1998. Seasonal distribution of bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and pan-tropical spotted (Stenella attenuata) dolphins in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Revista de Biologia Tropical 46, S6:91-101.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A., Brennan, B., Rodriguez, P. & Thomas, M. 1997. Resightings and behavior of false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens, in Costa Rica. Marine Mammal Science13:307-314.

Acevedo, A. 1996. Lista de mamiferos marinos en Golfo Dulce e Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Revista de Biologia Tropical 44:933-934.

Fertl, D., Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. & Darby, F. 1996. A report of killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding on a carcharhinid shark in Costa Rica. Marine Mammal Science 12:606-611.

Acevedo, A. & Smultea, M. 1995. First records of humpback whales including calves at Golfo Dulce and Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, suggesting geographical overlap of northern and southern hemisphere populations. Marine Mammal Science 11:554-559.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 1994. First record of a sea lion, Zalophus californianus, at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Marine Mammal Science 10:484-485.

Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. 1994. First records of occurrence and nesting of three bird species at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, Revista de Biologia Tropical 42:762.

Brager, S., Würsig, B., Acevedo, A. & Henningsen, T. 1994. Association patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Galveston Bay, Texas. Journal of Mammalogy 75:431-437.

Tershy, B., Acevedo-G., A., Breese, D. & Strong, C. 1993. Association Diet and feeding behavior of fin and Bryde's whales in the central Gulf of California, Mexico. Revista de Investigacion Cientifica (No. SOMEMMA) 1:31-37.

Acevedo, A. 1991. Behaviour and movements of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the entrance to Ensenada de La Paz, Mexico. Aquatic Mammals 17:137-147.

Acevedo, A. 1991. Interactions between boats and bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the entrance to Ensenada de La Paz, Mexico. Aquatic Mammals 17:120-124.

Acevedo, A. & Würsig, B. 1991. Preliminary observations on bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Aquatic Mammals 17:148-151.