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Alan Springer

Research Professor Emeritus

Biological Oceanography
Marine Mammals
204 Arctic Health Research Bldg.
Institute of Marine Science
Fairbanks, AK 99775
(907) 474-6213
(907) 474-7204
Office Hours
204 Arctic Health Research Bldg.
S. Wang, S. Budge, K. Iken, R. Gradinger, A. Springer, M.J. Wooller . P. Zooplankton diets in the Bering Sea inferred using fatty acid and compound-specific stable isotope analyses reveal the relative importance of pelagic and sympagic carbon sources. MEPS.

Wang, S.W., Springer, A.M., Budge, S.M., Horstmann-Dehn, L., Quakenbush, L.T., Wooller, M.J. 2016. Carbon sources and trophic relationships of ice seals during recent environmental shifts in the Bering Sea. Ecological Applications. 26:830-845.

S. Wang, A. Springer, S. Budge, L. Horsteman, L. Quakenbush, M.J. Wooller. 2015. Trophic relationships and carbon sources of ice seals during recent environmental shifts in the Bering Sea. Ecological Applications.

J. M. Maniscalco, A. M. Springer and P. Parker. 2010. High natality rates in endangered Steller sea lions in Kenai Fjords, Alaska and perceptions of population status in the Gulf of Alaska PLoS ONE. 5:e10076.

J. A. Estes, D. F. Doak, A. M. Springer and T. M. Williams. 2009. Causes and consequences of marine mammal population declines in southwest Alaska: a food-web perspective Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 364(1524):1647-1658. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2008.0231 <Go to ISI>://WOS:000266104100002

J. A. Estes, D. F. Doak, A. M. Springer, T. M. Williams and G. B. van Vliet. 2009. Trend data do support the sequential nature of pinniped and sea otter declines in the North Pacific Ocean, but does it really matter ? Marine Mammal Science. 25(3):748-754. doi: DOI 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2009.00322.x <Go to ISI>://000268031000017

M. H. Cooper, S. M. Budge, A. M. Springer and G. Sheffield. 2009. Resource partitioning by sympatric pagophilic seals in Alaska: monitoring effects of climate variation with fatty acids Polar Biology. 32(8):1137-1145. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00300-009-0614-5 <Go to ISI>://000268787700004

S. W. Wang, S. J. Iverson, A. M. Springer and S. A. Hatch. 2009. Spatial and temporal diet segregation in northern fulmars Fulmarus glacialis breeding in Alaska: insights from fatty acid signatures Marine Ecology-Progress Series. 377:299-307. doi: 10.3354/meps07863 <Go to ISI>://000264557300028

E. H. Sinclair, L. S. Vlietstra, D. S. Johnson, T. K. Zeppelin, G. V. Byrd, A. M. Springer, R. R. Ream and G. L. Hunt. 2008. Patterns in prey use among fur seals and seabirds in the Pribilof Islands Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography. 55(16-17):1897-1918. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.dsr2.2008.04.031 <Go to ISI>://000260287500020

K. Newman and A. M. Springer. 2008. Nocturnal activity by mammal-eating killer whales at a predation hot spot in the Bering Sea Marine Mammal Science. 24(4):990-999. doi: DOI 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2008.00236.x <Go to ISI>://000260307900018

S. M. Budge, A. M. Springer, S. J. Iverson, G. Sheffield and C. Rosa. 2008. Blubber fatty acid composition of bowhead whales, Balaena mysticetus: Implications for diet assessment and ecosystem monitoring Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 359(1):40-46. doi: <Go to ISI>://000256104100006

S. M. Budge, M. J. Wooller, A. M. Springer, S. J. Iverson, C. P. McRoy and G. J. Divoky. 2008. Tracing carbon flow in an arctic marine food web using fatty acid-stable isotope analysis Oecologia. 157(1):117-129. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00442-008-1053-7 <Go to ISI>://000257492100011

Springer, A.M., J.A. Estes, G.B. van Vliet, T.M. Williams, D.F. Doak, E.M. Danner, and B. Pfister. 2008. Mammal-eating killer whales, industrial whaling, and the sequential megafaunal collapse in the North Pacific Ocean: A reply to critics of Springer et al. 2003. Marine Mammal Science. 24(2):414442. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2008.00185.x

Springer, A.M., C.P. McRoy and M. Flint. 1996. The Bering Sea Green Belt. Fisheries Oceanography. 5:205-223.

  • pelagic production regimes
  • food webs
  • sea bird ecology
Research Overview
My research focuses on food web structure and on the causes and consequences of variability in production at various trophic levels, with an emphasis on marine birds and mammals.
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