Kristen Gorman

Kristen Gorman

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


Selected Publications

Gorman, K.B., K.E. Ruck, T.D. Williams and W.R. Fraser. 2021. Advancing the sea ice hypothesis: trophic interactions among breeding Pygoscelis penguins with divergent population trends throughout the western Antarctic Peninsula. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:526092. 2021.526092

Arimitsu, M., J. Piatt, S. Hatch, R.M. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R.W. Campbell, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, R.R. Hopcroft, K.J. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, C. McKinstry, D. McGowan, J. Moran, W.S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V.R. von Biela. 2021. Heatwave-induced synchrony within forage fish portfolio disrupts energy flow to top pelagic predators. Global Change Biology 27:1859–1878.

Knudsen, E.E., P.S. Rand, K.B. Gorman, D.R. Bernard, and W.D. Templin. 2021. Hatchery-origin stray rates and total run characteristics for Pink Salmon and Chum Salmon returning to Prince William Sound, Alaska in 2013–2015. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 13:58–85

Connors, B., M.J. Malick, G.T. Ruggerone, P. Rand, M. Adkison, J.R. Irvine, R. Campbell, and K. Gorman. 2020. Climate and competition influence 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 II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 147:116–126.

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): 499–510.

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.


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


Current Research Projects

  • Evaluating factors related to in river adult mortality in Copper River sockeye salmon. Funded by Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, 2021-2022
  • Are expanding pink salmon populations in the Arctic produced from regional watersheds? Funded by Coastal Marine Institute/BOEM, 2020–2023
  • 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
  • Resolving the annual pelagic distribution of Tufted Puffins: Associations with oceanographic features and isotopic niche. Funded by North Pacific Research Board, 2018–2021