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Stephen Okkonen

Research Associate Professor

Physical Oceanography
(907) 283-3234
Education
University of Alaska Fairbanks (Oceanography)
Ph.D.
1993
Publications
Okkonen, S.R., C.J. Ashjian, R.G. Campbell, and P. Alatalo. 2020. Krill diel vertical migration: A diagnostic for variability of wind forcing over the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas Progress in Oceanography. 181 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2020.102265

Okkonen, S.R., C.J. Ashjian, R.G. Campbell, and P. Alatalo. 2019. The encoding of wind forcing into the Pacific-Arctic pressure head, Chukchi Sea ice retreat and late-summer Barrow Canyon water masses. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 162:22–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.05.009

Citta, J.J, S.R. Okkonen, L.T. Quakenbush, W. Maslowski, R. Osinski, J.C. George, R.J. Small, H. Brower Jr., M.P. Heide-Jørgenseng, and L.A. Harwood.. 2018. Oceanographic characteristics associated with autumn movements of bowhead whales in the Chukchi Sea. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 152:121–131. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.03.009

Moore, S.E., P.J. Stabeno, J.M. Grebmeier, and S.R. Okkonen. 2018. The Arctic Marine Pulses Model: linking annual oceanographic processes to contiguous ecological domains in the Pacific Arctic. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 152:8–21. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.10.011

Okkonen, S.R., J.T. Clarke, and R.A. Potter. 2018. Relationships among high river discharges, upwelling events, and bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) occurrence in the central Alaskan Beaufort Sea. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 152:195–202. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.11.015

Stafford, K.M., M.C. Ferguson, D.D.W. Hauser, S.R. Okkonen, C.L. Berchok, J.J.Citta, J.T. Clarke, E.C. Garland, J. Jones, and R.S. Suydam. 2018. Beluga whales in the western Beaufort Sea: Current state of knowledge on timing, distribution, habitat use and environmental drivers. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 152:182–194. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.11.017

Stafford, K.M, J.J. Citta, S.R. Okkonen, R.S. Suydam.. 2016. Wind-dependent Beluga Whale Dive Behavior in Barrow Canyon, Alaska. Deep–Sea Res. I. 118:57-65. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2016.10.006

Grebmeier JM, BA Bluhm, LW Cooper, SL Danielson, KR Arrigo, AL Blanchard, JT Clarke, RH Days, KE Frey, RR Gradinger, M Kedra, B Konar, KJ Kuletz, SH Lee, JR Lavvorn, BL Norcross, SR Okkonen. 2015. Ecosystem characteristics and processes facilitating persistent macrobenthic biomass hotspots and associated benthivory in the Pacific Arctic. Progress in Oceanography. 136:92-114.

K. M. Stafford, S. R. Okkonen and J. T. Clarke. 2013. Correlation of a strong Alaska Coastal Current with the presence of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) near Barrow, Alaska Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.. 474:287Ð297. doi: 10.3354/meps10076

S. R. Okkonen, C. Ashjian, R. G. Campbell, J. T. Clarke, S. E. Moore and K. D. Taylor. 2011. Satellite observations of circulation features associated with a bowhead whale feeding 'hotspot' near Barrow, Alaska Remote Sensing of Environment. 115:2168-2174.

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