Tuula Hollmen

Tuula Hollmen

Research Associate Professor

Alaska Sealife Center
PO Box 1329
Seward, AK 99664



University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki




Selected Publications

(* = student or postdoc author)

Tanedo, S.A.,* and T.E. Hollmén. 2020. Refining remote observation techniques to estimate productivity of Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) in Resurrection Bay, Gulf of Alaska. Marine Ornithology 48: 61–69.

Maniscalco, J.M., A.M. Springer, K.C. Counihan, T. Hollmén, H.M. Aderman, and M. Toyukak Sr. 2020. Contemporary diets of walruses in Bristol Bay, Alaska suggest temporal variability in benthic community structure. PeerJ 8:e8735. http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.8735

Christie, K.S.,* T.E. Hollmén, P.L. Flint, and D. Douglas. 2018. Non-linear effect of sea ice: Spectacled Eider survival declines at both extremes of the ice spectrum. Ecology and Evolution 8:11808–11818. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4637

Christie, K.S.,* T.E. Hollmén, H.P. Huntington, and J.R. Lovvorn. 2018. Structured decision analysis informed by traditional ecological knowledge as a tool to strengthen subsistence systems in a changing Arctic. Ecology and Society 23(4): 42. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10596-230442

Churchwell, R.T.,* S. Kendall, S.C. Brown, A.L. Blanchard, T.E. Hollmen, and A.N. Powell. 2017. The first hop: Use of Beaufort Sea deltas by hatch-year semipalmated sandpipers. Estuaries and Coasts 41:280–292. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-017-0272-8

Counihan, K.L.,* L.F. Skerratt,* J.C. Franson, and T.E. Hollmén. 2015. Phylogenetic and pathogenic characterization of novel adenoviruses isolated from long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis). Virology 485:393–401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2015.07.026

Frost, C.J.,* T.E. Hollmén, and J.H. Reynolds. 2013. Trends in annual survival of Steller’s eiders molting at Izembek Lagoon on the Alaska Peninsula, 1993–2006. Arctic 66(2): 173–178. https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic4288


  • Physiological ecology
  • Seabird ecology
  • High latitude ecology
  • Disease ecology and epidemiology
  • Decision analysis


Research Overview

My research is mainly centered around physiological ecology—exploring connections between physiology and ecological processes. My research aims to understand individual and population level adaptations and responses to environmental change, from interdisciplinary and integrative perspectives and by applying a variety of experimental and observational research methods. I mostly, but not exclusively, work with marine birds. I am interested in applied ecology and seeking to address conservation and management objectives for marine species. I am also interested in the interface of environmental, animal, and human health, and One Health approaches to solving challenges.


Current Research Projects

  • Status and trends of seabirds in the Kenai Peninsula coast—phenology and seasonal distribution of seabird communities in fjord ecosystems, and seabird population response to environmental change
  • Impact of lagoon habitat change on Steller’s eiders—investigating how changes in suitability of essential coastal lagoon habitats explain population dynamics of Steller’s eiders in southwest Alaska 
  • Ecology and limiting factors of birds breeding along the Beaufort Sea coast—ecology and adaptations of barrier-island nesting common eider and tundra nesting water birds in the high Arctic
  • SeeBird: High School Citizen Scientists monitor seabirds—engaging student scientists in seabird observations and monitoring
  • HABs and seabirds—investigating effects of HABs on seabird health, physiology, and behavior
  • Changing tides—coastal ecology on the convergence of intertidal invertebrates, bears and people



DVM714 Preventive Veterinary Medicine
DVM615 One Health: A Ten Thousand Year-Old View into the Future