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

Hasan, E.L., K.B. Gorman, H.A. Colletti, and B.H. Konar. 2024. Species distribution modeling of northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) in a data-limited ecosystem. Ecology and Evolution 14(3):e11118.

Porter, D.E., J.M. Morris, M.P. Trifari, M.J. Wooller, P.A.H. Westley, K.B. Gorman, and B.D. Barst. 2023. Acute toxicity of copper to three species of Pacific salmon fry in water with low hardness and low dissolved organic carbon. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 42(11): 2440–2452.

Iken, K. C.D. Amsler, K.B. Gorman, A.G. Klein, A.W.E. Galloway, M.O. Amsler, S. Heiser, R. Whippo, A.T. Lowe, J.B. Schram, Z.X. Schneider, and J.B. McClintock. 2023. Macroalgal input into the coastal food web along a gradient of seasonal sea ice cover along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Marine Ecology Progress Series 718:1–22.

Schaefer, A.L., K.B. Gorman, and M.A. Bishop. 2022. Light-level geolocation reveals the short-distance non-breeding movements and distribution of tufted puffins throughout the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science 9:999461.

Horst, A.M., A.P. Hill, and K.B. Gorman. 2022. Palmer Archipelago Penguins Data in the palmerpenguins R Package - An Alternative to Anderson’s Irises. The R Journal 14(1):244-254.

Guo, C., B.H. Konar, K.B. Gorman, and C.M. Walker. 2022. Environmental factors important to high-latitude nearshore estuarine fish community structure. Deep-Sea Research II 201:105109.

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.


  • 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