Kristen Gorman

Kristen Gorman

Research Assistant Professor

Marine Biology

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Office: Irving II 230
Lab: O'Neill 141
Fairbanks, AK 99775



Simon Fraser University
Ph.D. Biological Sciences

Simon Fraser University
M.S. Biological Sciences

Dickinson College
B.S. Biology



Connors, B., M.J. Malick, G.T. Ruggerone, P. Rand, M. Adkison, J.R. Irvine, R. Campbell, and K. Gorman. 2020. Climate and competition shape sockeye salmon population dynamics across the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77(6): 943–949.

Gorman, K.B., T.C. Kline Jr., M.E. Roberts, F.F. Sewall, R.A. Heintz, and W.S. Pegau. (2018). "Spatial and temporal variation in winter condition of juvenile Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) in Prince William Sound, Alaska: Oceanographic exchange with the Gulf of Alaska". Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 147:116–126. doi:

Gorman, K.B., S.L. Talbot, S.A. Sonsthagen, G.K. Sage, M.C. Gravely, W.R. Fraser, and T.D. Williams. (2017). "Population genetic structure and gene flow of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) breeding throughout the western Antarctic Peninsula". Antarctic Science. 29(6):449–510.

Gorman, K.B., T.D. Williams, and W.R. Fraser. (2014). "Ecological sexual dimorphism and environmental variability within a community of Antarctic penguins (genus Pygoscelis)". PLoS ONE. 9(3):e90081.

Schofield, O., H. Ducklow, K. Bernard, S. Doney, D. Patterson-Fraser, K. Gorman, D. Martinson, M. Meredith, G. Saba, S. Stammerjohn, D. Steinberg, and W. Fraser. (2013). "Penguin biogeography along the West Antarctic Peninsula: Testing the canyon hypothesis with Palmer LTER observations". Oceanography. 26(3):204–206.

Crossin, G.T., A. Dawson, R.A. Phillips, P.N. Trathan, K.B. Gorman, S. Adlard, and T.D. Williams. (2012). "Seasonal patterns of prolactin and corticosterone secretion in an Antarctic seabird that moults during reproduction". General and Comparative Endocrinology. 175(1):74–81.

Crossin, G.T., P.N. Trathan, R.A. Phillips, K.B. Gorman, A. Dawson, K.Q. Sakamoto, and T.D. Williams. (2012). "Corticosterone predicts foraging behaviour and parental care in macaroni penguins". The American Naturalist. 180(1):E31–E41.

Bestelmeyer, B.T., A.M. Ellison, W.R. Fraser, K.B. Gorman, S.J. Holbrook, C.M. Laney, M.D. Ohman, D.P.C. Peters, F.C. Pillsbury, A. Rassweiler, R. Schmitt, and S. Sharma. (2011). "Analysis of abrupt transitions in ecological systems". Ecosphere. 2(12):1–26.

Gorman, K.B., D. Esler, R.L. Walzem, and T.D. Williams. (2009). "Plasma yolk precursor dynamics during egg production by female Greater Scaup (Aythya marila): characterization and indices of reproductive state". Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 82(4):372–381.

Gorman, K.B., D. Esler, P.L. Flint, and T.D. Williams. (2008). "Nutrient-reserve dynamics during egg production by female Greater Scaup (Aythya marila): relationships with timing of reproduction". The Auk: Ornithological Advances. 125(2):384–394.

Gorman, K.B., and T.D. Williams. (2005). "Correlated evolution of maternally derived yolk testosterone and early developmental traits in passerine birds". Biology Letters. 1(4):461–464.


  • Integrative ecology
  • Evolutionary and behavioral ecology
  • Molecular and physiological ecology
  • Food webs and trophic interactions
  • Demography and population structure
  • Bio-logging
  • One health
  • Marine fish and bird populations
  • High latitude marine ecosystems


Current Research Projects

  • Using otolith geochemistry to understand the ocean ecology of a changing Alaskan salmon system. Funded by National Science Foundation, 2020–2021
  • Implications of a declining trend in body size and condition on abundance of sockeye salmon in the Copper River, Alaska. Funded by North Pacific Research Board, 2019–2021
  • Effects of energetic state and infectious agents on migration by sockeye salmon. Funded by Alaska INBRE, 2018–2020
  • Resolving the annual pelagic distribution of Tufted Puffins: Associations with oceanographic features and isotopic niche. Funded by North Pacific Research Board, 2018–2021
  • Comparative performance in migration and reproduction among wild and hatchery pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in Prince William Sound, Alaska, using stable isotope analysis. Funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 2016–2018


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