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Jo-Ann Mellish

Associated Faculty

Marine Biology
Marine Mammals
Institute of Marine Science
Alaska Sealife Center
PO Box 1329
Seward, AK 99664
(907) 224-6324
(907) 224-6320
Education
Dalhousie University (Biology)
Ph.D.
1999
Advising:
Publications
D. Calkins, S. Atkinson, J. Mellish, J. Waite and J. Carpenter. 2013. The pollock paradox: Juvenile Steller sea lions experience rapid growth on pollock diets in fall and spring Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 441:55-61.

J. Mellish, J. Nienaber, L. Polasek and M. Horning. 2013. Beneath the surface: Profiling blubber depth in pinnipeds with infrared imaging Journal of Thermal Biology. 38(1):13-Oct.

M. Horning and J. A. E. Mellish. 2012. Predation on an Upper Trophic Marine Predator, the Steller Sea Lion: Evaluating High Juvenile Mortality in a Density Dependent Conceptual Framework Plos One. 7(1)

Hindle A, Mellish J, Horning M. 2011. The aerobic dive limit does not decline in an aging pinniped. Journal of Experimental Zoology. 315(Part A):544-52.

A. Hindle, J. Mellish and M. Horning. 2011. The aerobic dive limit does not decline in an aging pinniped Journal of Experimental Zoology Part a-Ecological Genetics and Physiology. 315:544-552.

K. Walker, M. Horning, J. Mellish and D. Weary. 2011. The effects of two analgesic regimes on behaviour after abdominal surgery in Steller sea lions The Veterinary Journal. 190:160-164.

K. Walker, J. Mellish and D. Weary. 2011. Effects of hot-iron branding on heart rate, breathing rate and behaviour of anesthetized Steller sea lions Veterinary Record. 169:363. doi: 10.1136/vr.d4911

J. Mellish, A. Hindle and M. Horning. 2011. Health and condition of the adult Weddell seal in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica Zoology. 114:177-183.

J. E. Mellish, A. G. Hindle and M. Horning. 2010. A preliminary assessment of the impact of disturbance and handling on Weddell seals of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica Antarctic Science. 22(1):25-29. doi: 10.1017/s0954102009990447 <Go to ISI>://000274868100005

Mellish J, Hindle A, Horning M. 2010. A preliminary assessment of the impact of disturbance and handling on Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) of McMurdo Sound. Antarctic Science. 22:25-29.

Walker K*, Mellish J, Weary D. 2010. Behavioral responses of juvenile Steller sea lions to hot-iron branding. Applied Animal Behavior Science. 122:58-62.

K. A. Walker, J. A. E. Mellish and D. M. Weary. 2010. Behavioural responses of juvenile Steller sea lions to hot-iron branding Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 122(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2009.11.013 <Go to ISI>://000273916700009

D. L. Wang, W. L. Shelver, S. Atkinson, J. A. Mellish and Q. X. Li. 2010. Tissue Distribution of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Organochlorine Pesticides and Potential Toxicity to Alaskan Northern Fur Seals Assessed Using PCBs Congener Specific Mode of Action Schemes Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 58(2):478-488. doi: 10.1007/s00244-009-9396-6 <Go to ISI>://000274314100023

J. Nienaber, J. Thomton, M. Horning, L. Polasek and J. A. Mellish. 2010. Surface temperature patterns in seals and sea lions: A validation of temporal and spatial consistency Journal of Thermal Biology. 35(8):435-440. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2010.09.005 <Go to ISI>://000284671300010

Nienaber J, Thomton J, Horning M, Polasek L, Mellish J. 2010. Thermal windows in seals and sea lions: A validation of temporal and spatial consistency. Journal of Thermal Biology. 35:435-440. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2010.09.005

J. Mellish, P. Tuomi, A. Hindle, S. Jang and M. Horning. 2010. Skin Microbial Flora and Effectiveness of Aseptic Technique for Deep Muscle Biopsies in Weddell Seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 46(2):655-658. doi: <Go to ISI>://000277431200042

Mellish J, Tuomi P, Hindle A*, Jang S, Horning M. 2010. Microbial flora associated with deep muscle biopsy collection in Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 46:655-658.

J. A. E. Mellish, P. A. Tuomi, A. G. Hindle and M. Horning. 2010. Chemical immobilization of Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) by ketamine/midazolam combination Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 37(2):123-131. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2009.00517.x <Go to ISI>://000274336500005

Mellish J, Tuomi P, Hindle A, Horning M. 2010. Chemical immobilization of Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) by ketamine midazolam combination. Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. 37:123-131.

Walker K*, Horning M, Mellish J, Weary D. 2009. Behavioral responses of juvenile Steller sea lions to abdominal surgery: an assessment of post-operative pain. Applied Animal Behavior Science. 120:201-207.

K. A. Walker, M. Horning, J. A. E. Mellish and D. M. Weary. 2009. Behavioural responses of juvenile Steller sea lions to abdominal surgery: Developing an assessment of post-operative pain Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 120(4-Mar):201-207.

K. A. Walker, M. Horning, J. E. Mellish and D. M. Weary. 2009. Behavioural responses of juvenile Steller sea lions to abdominal surgery: Developing an assessment of post-operative pain Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 120(4-Mar):201-207. doi: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6T48-4WPS9DW-1/2/e21b5b0ffc3455dc3a4adb7ef7f3f302

M. Horning and J. A. E. Mellish. 2009. Spatially explicit detection of predation on individual pinnipeds from implanted post-mortem satellite data transmitters Endangered Species Research. 10:135-143. doi: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/esr/v10/p135-143/

A. G. Hindle, M. Horning, J. A. E. Mellish and J. M. Lawler. 2009. Diving into old age: muscular senescence in a large-bodied, long-lived mammal, the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) Journal of Experimental Biology. 212(6):790-796.

A. G. Hindle, M. Horning, J. E. Mellish and J. M. Lawler. 2009. Diving into old age: muscular senescence in a large-bodied, long-lived mammal, the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) Journal of Experimental Biology. 212(6):790-796. doi: 10.1242/jeb.025387 http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/abstract/212/6/790

J. N. Waite and J. A. E. Mellish. 2009. Inter- and intra-researcher variation in measurement of morphometrics on Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) Polar Biology. 32(8):1221-1225.

J. Waite and J. A. Mellish. 2009. Inter- and intra-researcher variation in measurement of morphometrics on Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) Polar Biology. ON LINE. 32(8) doi: 10.1007/s00300-009-0649-7 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-009-0649-7

M. Horning, M. Haulena, P. Tuomi and J. A. E. Mellish. 2008. Intraperitoneal implantation of life-long telemetry transmitters in otariids Bmc Veterinary Research. 4:-. doi: Artn 51 Doi 10.1186/1746-6148-4-51 <Go to ISI>://000263344700002

Horning M, Haulena M, Tuomi P, Mellish J. 2008. Intraperitoneal implantation of life-long telemetry transmitters in sea lions. BMC Veterinary Research. 4(51) doi: 10.1186/1746-6148-4-51

J. D. Thomton, J. E. Mellish, D. R. Hennen and M. Horning. 2008. Juvenile Steller sea lion dive behavior following temporary captivity Endangered Species Research. 4(2-Jan):195-203. doi: 10.3354/esr00062 <Go to ISI>://BIOSIS:PREV200800351562

Thomton J, Mellish J, Horning M. 2008. Effects of temporary captivity on diving and ranging behavior of juvenile Steller sea lions, Eumetopias jubatus. Endangered Species Research. 4:195-203.

L. Petrauskas, S. Atkinson, F. Gulland, J. A. Mellish and M. Horning. 2008. Monitoring glucocorticoid response to rehabilitation and research procedures in California and Steller sea lions Journal of Experimental Zoology Part a-Ecological Genetics and Physiology. 309A(2):73-82. doi: Doi 10.1002/Jez.435 <Go to ISI>://000253007600003

Q. X. Li, D. Wang, W. Shelver, S. Atkinson and J. A. Mellish. 2008. Tissue distribution of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in Alaskan northern fur seals: comparison of various congener classification schemes Organhologen Compounds. 80:1251-1254.

Mellish J, Horning M, York A. 2007. Seasonal and spatial blubber depth changes in captive harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and Stellerís sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Journal of Mammalogy. 88:408-411.

Goldstein T*, Stephens C, Jang S, Conrad P, Fields C, Dunn J, Mellish J. 2007. Longitudinal health and disease monitoring in juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska in temporary captivity compared with a free-ranging cohort. Aquatic Mammals. 33:337-348.

Waite J*, Schrader W*, Mellish J, Horning M . 2007. Three-dimensional photogrammetry as a tool for assessing morphometrics and estimating body mass of Steller sea lions. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 64:296-303.

Mellish J, Thomton J, Horning M . 2007. Physiological and behavioral response to intra-abdominal transmitter implantation in Steller sea lions. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 351:283-293.

Thomton J, Mellish J. 2007. Haptoglobin concentrations in free-range and temporarily captive juvenile Steller sea lions. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 43:258-261.

Mellish, J., Hennen, D., Thomton, J., Petrauskas, L., Atkinson, S. and Calkins, D.. 2007. Permanent marking in an endangered species: Physiological response to hot-branding in juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) Wildl. Res. 34:43-47.

Mellish, JE., Calkins, DG., Christen, DR., Horning, M., Rea, LD., and Atkinson, SK.. 2006. Temporary captivity as a research tool: Comprehensive study of wild pinnipeds under controlled conditions. Aqua. Mamm.. 32(1):58-65.

Mellish J, Calkins D, Christen D, Horning M, Rea L, Atkinson S. 2006. Temporary captivity as a research tool: Comprehensive study of wild pinnipeds under controlled conditions. Aquatic Mammals. 32:58-65.

Mellish J, Iverson S. 2005. Postpartum dynamics of reproductive hormones in grey and hooded seals. Marine Mammal Science. 21:162-168.

Mellish J, Tuomi P, Horning M. 2004. Assessment of ultrasound imaging as a non-invasive measure of blubber thickness in pinnipeds. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine . 35:116-118.

Mellish J, Loughlin T . 2003. Lipoprotein lipase in lactating and neonatal northern fur seals: exploring physiological management of energetic conflicts. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A. 134:147-156.

Mellish J, Iverson S. 2001. Blood metabolites as indicators of nutrients utilization in fasting, lactating phocid seals: does depletion of nutrient reserves terminate lactation? Canadian Journal of Zoology. 79:303-311.

Mellish J, Iverson S, Bowen D. 2000. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Metabolic compensation during high energy output in fasting, lactating grey seals (Halichoerus grypus): metabolic ceilings revisited. Biological Sciences . 267:1245-1251.

Mellish J, Iverson S, Bowen D, Hammill M. 1999. Fat transfer and energetics during lactation in the hooded seal, Cystophora cristata: the roles of tissue lipoprotein lipase in milk fat secretion and pup blubber deposition. Journal of Comparative Physiology. b 169:377-390.

Mellish J, Iverson S, Bowen D. 1999. Variation in milk production and lactation performance in grey seals and consequences for pup growth and weaning characteristics. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 72:677-690.

Specialties
  • marine mammals
  • energetics
Current Research Projects
  • Physiology of Polar Pinnipeds (Alaska SeaLife Center)
  • Life History Transmitters (LHX): Tracking real time survival of Steller sea lions (North Pacific Research Board)
  • Thermoregulation in polar pinnipeds (National Science Foundation)
  • Aging in Weddell seals (National Science Foundation)
  • Thermal imaging for health in pinnipeds (National Science Foundation)
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