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Matthew Wooller


Chemical Oceanography
Marine Biology
Marine Ecology
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Alaska Stable Isotope Facility
Room 481 Duckering Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Office Hours
Mon, Tues, Thur
10:30 - 11:30
Institute of Marine Science - 461 Duckering - University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Wales – Bangor (Ecology)
University of Wales – Bangor (Ecology)
Curriculum Vitae
K. Choy# Holly J. McKinney#, B. Potter, J. Reuther, S. Wang2, M.J. Wooller. Pres. Chemical profiling of ancient hearths reveals recurrent salmon use in Ice Age Beringia. PNAS..

L. Oxtoby et al. M.J. Wooller. P. Feeding ecologies of key bivalve and polychaete species in the Bering Sea as elucidated by fatty acid and compound specific stable isotope analyses . MEPS. On-Line First.

A. Padilla. R. Brown and M.J. Wooller . P. Determining the movements and distribution of anadromous Bering Ciscoes (Coregonus laurettae) using otolith strontium isotopes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.. On-Line First

S. Wang, et al., M.J. Wooller . 2016. Carbon sources and trophic relationships of ice seals during recent environmental shifts in the Bering Sea. Ecological Applications. 26:830-845. doi: 10.1890/14-2421

P. Rinta P, et al. M.J. Wooller. 2016. Land Use Affects Carbon Sources to the Pelagic Food Web in a Small Boreal Lake. PLoS ONE. 11(8):e0159900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159900

Graham et al. M.J. Wooller. 2016. Declining freshwater availability caused the extinction of the last North 1 American mammoths. PNAS. 113 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1604903113

L. Oxtoby, J.T. Mathis, L.W. Juranek, and M.J. Wooller. 2016. Constraining stable carbon isotope values of microphytobenthos (C3 photosynthesis) in the Arctic for application to food web studies. Polar Biology. 39:473-483. doi: 10.1007/s00300-015-1800-2

B. Gaglioti et al. M.J. Wooller . 2016. High-resolution records detect human-caused changes to the boreal forest wildfire regime in interior Alaska. The Holocene. 26:1064-1074.

M. Elvert, B. Gaglioti et al. M.J. Wooller. 2016. Methane turnover and environmental change from Holocene lipid biomarker records in a thermokarst lake in Arctic Alaska. The Holocene. On-Line First

S. Wang, et al., M.J. Wooller . 2015. Importance of sympagic production to Bering Sea zooplankton as revealed from fatty acid-carbon stable isotope analyses. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 518:31-50.

  • Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
  • Quaternary Paleoclimate and Paleoecology
  • Elemental cycling (C N) and food web ecology -
Current Research Projects
  • Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment and Other Potential Drivers of Extinction of Mammuthus primigenius , St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska (National Science Foundation) This project will facilitate a better understanding of why woolly mammoths survived late into the mid-Holocene only in the environments of arctic islands of the BLB. Furthermore, this research is testing various hypotheses proposed to explain the extinction of the Holocene mammoth population on St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska as well as establish the actual time of extinction.
  • Exploring intrasite variability at Upward Sun River (Xaasaa Na’), a terminal Pleistocene site in central Alaska: foraging behaviors and paleoenvironmental contexts (National Science Foundation) This project consists of exploration of Upward Sun River (USR) (Xaasaa Na’), a deeply buried multicomponent site in central Alaska, associated with the earliest human remains and residential structure in the Arctic or Subarctic of North America (~11,500 cal BP). This exploration will focus on understanding technological organization and subsistence economy (fauna and floral use) in the terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene, specifically how they are conditioned by site structure and organization, social organization, seasonality, and paleoenvironmental contexts.
  • Identifying sources of organic matter to benthic organisms in the Beaufort and Chukchi outer continental shelves (CMI/BOEM). Benthic invertebrate communities in the Arctic are an essential ecosystem component in Arctic food webs, in terms of mineralization and energy transfer to higher trophic levels. Currently, the proportional contributions of different baseline sources of organic matter (marine, terrestrial or microbial carbon production) that sustain benthic organisms in the Arctic are unclear. This project will provide a better understanding of the organic matter sources consumed by benthic organisms, using a state-of-the-art fingerprinting approach for essential amino acids.
  • Water and Environmental Research Center , UAF
  • Alaska Stable Isotope Facility
  • Institute of Marine Science UAF, UAF
  • Institute of Northern Engineering
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