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Matthew Wooller

Chair, Department of Marine Biology


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
Arppe, L., E. Kurki, M.J. Wooller, T.P. Luoto, M. Zajaczkowski, and A.E.K. Ojala. 2017. A 5500-year oxygen isotope record of high arctic environmental change from southern Spitsbergen. The Holocene. 27(12):1948–1962. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683617715698

B. Gaglioti et al., M.J. Wooller. 2017. Oxygen isotopes from modern and ancient willows record postglacial climate changes and exceptional rates of recent warming in Arctic Alaska QSR. On-Line first

H. L. Mariash , M. Cazzanelli , M. Rautio , L. Hamerlik, M.J. Wooller, and K. S. Christoffersen. 2017. Changes in food web dynamics of low arctic ponds with varying content of dissolved organic carbon. AAAR. (In revision)

L. Oxtoby et al. M.J. Wooller. 2017. Resource partitioning between Pacific walruses and bearded seals during 2009-2011 in Alaska Oecologia. On-Line first

Oxtoby, L.E., Horstmann, L., Budge, S.M., O’Brien, D.M., Wang, S.W., Schollmeier, T., Wooller, M.J.. 2017. Resource partitioning between Pacific walruses and bearded seals during 2009–2011 in the Arctic. Oecologia. 184:385-398.

P. Heintzman et al., M.J. Wooller. 2017. A new genus of horse from Pleistocene North America eLife. (In revision)

Schollmeier, T., A.C.M. Oliveira, M.J. Wooller and K. Iken. 2017. Tracing sea ice algae into various benthic feeding types on the Chukchi Sea shelf. Polar Biology. doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2182-4

T. Rabanus-Wallace et al. M.J. Wooller. 2017. Megafaunal dietary isotopes reveal role of global moisture-driven decline of rangelands in Late Pleistocene extinctions Nature. On-Line first

Y. Wang, et al., M.J. Wooller. 2017. Vegetation history of the southern coastal Bering land bridge over the past 18,000 years: was the BLB a refugium for woody taxa? Cryptic refugia or pseudo-refugia? Global Ecology and Biogeography. On-Line first

A. Padilla, R. Brown and M.J. Wooller. 2016. Determining the movements and distribution of anadromous Bering Ciscoes (Coregonus laurettae) using otolith strontium isotopes Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. On-Line first

K. Choy, B. A. Potter, H. J. McKinney, J. D. Reuther, Shiway W. Wang, and M. J. Wooller. 2016. Chemical profiling of ancient hearths reveals recurrent salmon use in Ice Age Beringia. PNAS. 113(35):9757-9762.

M. Morlock, J Schilder, M van Hardenbroek, S Szidat, M.J. Wooller, O Heiri . 2016. Seasonality of cladoceran and bryozoan resting stage 13C values: Implications for their use as palaeoecological indicators of lacustrine carbon cycle dynamics JoPL. On-Line first

Oxtoby, L.E., J.T. Mathis, L.W. Juranek, and M.J. Wooller. 2016. Estimating stable carbon isotope values of microphytobenthos in the arctic for application to food web studies. Polar Biology. 39(3):473–483. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-015-1800-2

Oxtoby, L.E., S.M. Budge, K. Iken, D.M. O’Brien, and M.J. Wooller. 2016. Feeding ecologies of key bivalve and polychaete species in the Bering Sea as elucidated by fatty acid and compound specific stable isotope analyses. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 557:161–175. doi: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11863

Rinta, P., M. van Hardenbroek, R.I. Jones, P. Kankaala, F. Rey, S. Szidat, M.J. Wooller, and O. Heiri. 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

Wang, S.W., A.M. Springer, S.M. Budge, L. Horstmann, L.T. Quakenbush, and M.J. Wooller. 2016. Carbon sources and trophic relationships of ice seals during recent environmental shifts in the Bering Sea. Ecological Applications. 26(3):830–845. doi: https://doi.org/10.1890/14-2421

Oxtoby, L.E., J.T. Mathis, L.W. Juranek, and M.J. Wooller. 2013. Constraining stable carbon isotope values of microphytobenthos (C3 photosynthesis) in the Arctic for application to food web studies.

  • 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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