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Contact Information

Fisheries Division
313 Lena Point bldg.
Juneau Fisheries
17101 Point Lena Loop Rd
Juneau, AK 99801-8344
Phone: (907) 796-5453
Fax: (907) 796-5447
shannon.atkinson@alaska.edu

Shannon Atkinson Full Professor

Affiliations

  • Steller’s Eider Recovery Team - 2003 - present
  • Society for Marine Mammalogy - Member 1991 to present
  • Spectacled Eider Recovery Team - 2003 - present
  • American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums-Affiliate Member - 1991 to present
  • Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society– Alaska Chapter – Member 2003 - present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - 2001 - 2009
  • North Pacific Research Board Science Panel - 2002 – 2008
  • Western Association of Marine Laboratories - 2001 to 2007

Specialties

  • marine animals’ failure to adapt to environmental change
  • reproduction in marine animals
  • climate change and effects on marine organism’s physiology
  • contaminants and the effects on marine mammals
  • nutrition
  • stress physiology of marine mammals

Education

  • B.Sc. 1978 University of Hawaii (Animal Science)
  • M.S. 1981 University of Hawaii (Marine Science)
  • Ph.D. 1985 Murdoch University (Veterinary Studies)

Office Hours

Thur 2-3:30 or by appt.

Research Overview

Dr Atkinson’s administrative and management skills are extensive having served as the Principal Investigator of over $46million in research programs that occurred in Alaskan and Russian waters and were largely funded by NOAA. Her personal research has focused on the physiology of a multitude of species developing knowledge on why species fail to adapt to environmental change. Her research has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters and she has trained 28 Master’s and Ph.D. students.

Current Research Projects

  • ONR-Development and validation of a technique for the detection of stress and pregnancy in large whales
  • Endocrine responsiveness in Chinook salmon
  • Surviving the gauntlet: A comparative study of the pelagic and demersal and special linkages that determine groundfish recruitment and diversity in the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem
  • Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Cook Inlet Belugas
  • Effects of the social context on stress responsiveness in pinnipeds
  • Reproductive biology of marine mammals

Links

Publications

Atkinson, S., Crocker, D., Houser, D., Mashburn, K. (2015) Stress physiology and behavior in marine mammals: How well do they fit the terrestrial model? J.Comp.Physiol.B. DOI 10.1007/s00360-015-0901-0.

Hutchinson, E., Atkinson, S., Burek Huntington, K. (2015) Growth and sexual maturation in male northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) from Gustavus, Alaska. J. Mammal. doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv114.

Keogh, M.J., Atkinson, S. (2015) Endocrine and immunological responses to adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) administration in juvenile harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) during winter and spring. Comp Biochem Phys A: 188:22-31.

Di Poi, C., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Blundell, G. (2015) Maternal buffering of stress response in free-ranging Pacific harbor seal pups in Alaska. Mar Mammal Sci. 31(3):1098-1117.

Zaleski, A., Atkinson, S., Burkanov, B., Quinn, T. II. (2014) The effect of environmental contaminants on western Steller sea lion survival and movement. Sci. Total Environ. 490:561-569.

Ellsworth, A., Buck, C.L., Atkinson, S., Hollmen, T. (2014) Longitudinal monitoring of sex steroid hormones in excrement of spectacled eiders (Somateria fisheri).Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 198:59-65.
Geiger, G.L., Atkinson, S., Waite, J.N., Blundell, G.M., Carpenter, J.R., Wynne, K. (2013) A new method to evaluate the nutritional composition of marine mammal diet from scats applied to harbor seals in the Gulf of Alaska. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 449: 118-128.
Jaatinen, K., Seltmann, M.W., Hollmen, T., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Ost, M. (2013) Context dependency of baseline glucocorticoids as indicators of individual quality in a capital breeder. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 191: 231-238.
Lammers, M., Castellote, M., Small, R., Atkinson, S., Jenniges, J., Rosinski, A., Oswald, J., Garner, C. (2013) Passive acoustic monitoring of Cook Inlet beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). J.Acoust.Soc.Am.134(3):2497-2504.
Trumble, S.J., O’Neil, D.O., Cornick, L.A., Gulland, F.M.D., Castellini, M.A., Atkinson, S. (2013) Endocrine changes in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) pups undergoing rehabilitation. Zoo Biol. 32: 134-141.

Calkins, D.J., Atkinson, S., Mellish, J-A., Waite, J.N., Carpenter, J.R. (2013) The pollock paradox: Juvenile Steller sea lions experience rapid growth on pollock diets in fall and spring. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 441: 55-61.

Keogh, M.J., Atkinson, S., Maniscalco, J.M. (2013) Body condition and endocrine profiles of Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups during the early postnatal period. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 184: 42-50

Seltmann, M.W., Ost, M., Jaatinen, K., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Hollmen, T. (2012) Stress responsiveness, age and condition interactivity affect flight initiation distance in breeding female eiders. Anim. Behav. 84:889-896.

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Shelver, W.L., Li, Q.X. (2012) Organic halogenated contaminants in mother-fetal of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii) from Alaska, 2000-2002. J. Hazard. Mater. 223-224:72-78.

Villegas-Amtmann, S., Atkinson, S. Costa, D.P. (2012) Seasonal variation in muscle oxygen stores attributed to diving behavior, environmental temperature and pregnancy in a marine predator the California sea lion. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A. 162: 413-420.

Lammers, M.O., Small, R., Atkinson, S., Castellote, M., Jenniges, J., Rosinski, A., Moore, S., Garner, C., Au, W.W.L. (2012) Acoustic monitoring of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in Cook Inlet, Alaska. In A.N. Popper and A. Hawkins (eds), The effects of noise on aquatic life, Andvances in experimental medicine and biology, 730(V):341-344.

Verrier, D., Atkinson, S., Guinet, C., Groscolas, R., Arnould, J.P.Y. (2012) Hormonal responses to extreme fasting in subarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis) pups. Am. J. Physiol-Reg I. 302:R929-R940.

Myers, M. and Atkinson, S. (2012) Temporal variability in organochlorine contamination in both blood and blubber in captive Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Mar. Mammal Sci. 28(1):105-123.

Atkinson, S., Arnould, J. P. Y., Mashburn, K. (2011) Plasma cortisol and thyroid hormone concentrations in pre-weaning Australian fur seal pups. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 172: 277-281.

Hoover-Miller, A.A., Atkinson, S., Conlon, S., Prewitt, J., Armato, P. (2011) Persistent decline in abundance of harbor seals Phoca vitulina richardsi over three decades in Aialik Bay, an Alaskan tidewater glacial fjord. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 424: 259-271.

Wang, J., Hülck, K., Hong, S-M., Atkinson, S., and Li, Q.X. (2010) Accumulation and maternal transfer of polychlorinated biphenyls in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) from Prince William Sound and the Bering Sea, Alaska. Environ. Pollut. 159:71-77.

Keogh, M.J., Maniscalco, J.M., and Atkinson, S. (2010) Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups undergo a decrease in circulating white blood cells and the ability of T cells to proliferate during early postnatal development. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol. 137: 298-304.

Hetrick, W.M., Cox, L.J., Atkinson, S.K., and Malecha, S.R. (2010) Survival of red king crab (Paralithodes Camtschaticus) juveniles on natural and artificial substrates. J. Life Sci. 4 (3): 1-8.
Wang, D., Shelver, W.L., Atkinson, S., Mellish, J.A. and Li, Q.X. (2010) Tissue distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides and potential toxicity to Alaskan northern fur seals assessed using PCBs congener specific mode of action schemes. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 58: 478-488.

Myers, M., Litz, B. and Atkinson, S. (2009) The effects of age, season and geographic region on circulating serum cortisol concentrations in threatened and endangered Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 165 (1): 72-77.

Bergfelt, D.R., Steinetz, B.G., Dunn, J.L., Atkinson, S., Testa, W.J., and Adams, G.P. (2009) Validation of a Homologous Canine Relaxin Radioimmunoassay and Application with Pregnant and non-pregnant northern fur seals (Collorhinus ursinus). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 165: 19-24.

Villegas-Amtmann, S., Atkinson, S. and Costa, D.P. (2009) Low synchrony in the breeding cycle in Galapagos sea lions revealed by seasonal progesterone concentrations. J. Mammal. 90 (5):1232-1237.

Li, Q.X., Wang, D., Shelver, W., Atkinson, S., Mellish, J-A. (2008) Tissue distribution of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in Alaskan northern fur seals: comparison of various congener classification schemes. Organhalogen Compounds. 80:1251-1254.

Maniscalco, J.M., Calkins, D.G., Parker, P. and Atkinson, S. (2008) Causes and extent of natural mortality among Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups. Aquat. Mammal. 34(3): 277-287.

Parker, P., Harvey, J.T., Maniscalco, J.M., and Atkinson, S. (2008) Pupping and site fidelity among individual Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) at Chiswell Island, Alaska. C. J. Zoolog. 86(8): 862-833.

Nilsson, P., Hollmen, T., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Tuomi, P., Esler, D., Mulcahy, D. and Rizzolo, D. (2008). Effects of ACTH, capture, and short term confinement on glucocorticoid concentrations in harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 149(1): 275-283.

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Shelver, W.L. and Li, Q.X. (2008) Simultaneous use of gas chromatography/ion trap mass spectrometry – electron capture detection to improve the analysis of bromodiphenyl ethers in biological and environmental samples. Rapid Commun. Mass. Spectrom. 22:647-656.

Myers, M.J., Ylitalo, G.M., Krahn, M.M., Boyd, D., Calkins, D., Burkanov, V., Atkinson, S. (2008) Organochlorine contaminants in endangered Steller sea lion pups (Eumetopias jubatus) from Western Alaska and the Russian far east. Sci. Tot. Env. 396: 60-69.

Atkinson, S., DeMaster, D.P., Calkins, D.G. (2008b) Anthropogenic causes of the Steller sea lion decline and their threat to recovery. Mammal Rev. 38(1): 1-18.

Atkinson, S., Calkins, D., Burkanov, V., Castellini, M., Hennen, D., Inglis, S. (2008a) Impact of changing diet regimes on Steller sea lion body condition. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 24(2): 276-289.

Holmes, A.L., Wise, S.S., Goertz, C., Dunn, J.L., Gulland, F.M.D., Gelatt, T.S., Beckman, K.B., Burek, K.A., Atkinson, S., Bozza, M., Taylor, R., Zheng, T., Zhang, Y., Aboueissa, A-M. and Wise, Sr. J.P. (2008) Metal tissue levels in Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups. Mar. Poll.Bull. 56: 1416-1421.

Petrauskas, L., Atkinson, S., Gulland, F., Mellish, J.A. and Horning, M. (2008) Monitoring glucocorticoid response to rehabilitation and research procedures in California and Steller sea lions.J. Exper. Biol. 309A: 73-82.

Ylitalo, G.M., Myers, M., Stewart, B.S., Yochem, P.K., Braun, R., Kashinsky, L., Boyd, D., Antonelis, G.A., Atkinson, S., Aguirre, A.A., Krahn, M.M. (2008) Organochlorine contaminants in endangered Hawaiian monk seals from four subpopulations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Mar. Poll. Bull. 56: 231-244.

Mashburn, K.L., and Atkinson, S. (2008). Variability in leptin and adrenal response in juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in different seasons. Gen. Comp. Endo. 155(2): 352-385.

Mellish, J., Hennen, D., Thomton, J., Petrauskas, L., Atkinson, S. and Calkins, D. (2007) Permanent marking in an endangered species: Physiological response to hot-branding in juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Wildl. Res. 34:43-47.

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Lee, SE. and Li, QX. (2007) Organochlorines in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) tissues from the northern Gulf of Alaska. J. Environ. Poll. 146:268-280.

Maniscalco, JM., Matkin, CO., Maldini, D., Calkins, DG., Atkinson, S. (2007) Assessing killer whale predation on Steller sea lions from field observations in Kenai Fjords, Alaska. Mar. Mamm. Scie. 23 (2): 306-321.

Mashburn, K., and Atkinson, S. (2007) Seasonal and predator influences on adrenal function in adult Steller sea lions: Gender matters. Gen.. Comp. Endoc.150:246-252.

Siebert, U., Driver, J., Rosenberger, T., Atkinson, S. (2007) Reversible reproductive control in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) with a gonadotriopin-releasing hormone agonist. Theriogenology. 67:605-608.

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Li, Q. X. (2007) Polychlorinated naphthalenes and coplanar polychlorinated biphenyls in tissues of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the northern Gulf of Alaska. Chemosp. 67:2044-2057.

Greig, DJ., Mashburn, KL., Rutishauser, M., Gulland, FMD., Willliams, TM., and Atkinson, S. (2007) Seasonal changes in circulating progesterone and estrogen concentrations in the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) J. Mammal. 88(1):67-72.

Maniscalco, JM., Harris, KR., Atkinson, S., Parker, P. (2006) Alloparenting in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus): Correlations with misdirected care and other observations. J. Ethol., 25:125-131.

Myers, M.J., Rea, LD, and Atkinson, S (2006) The effects of age, season and geographic region on thyroid hormones in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A 145: 90-98.

Petrauskas, LR. and Atkinson, SK. (2006) Variation of fecal corticosterone concentrations in captive Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in relation to season and behavior. Aqua. Mamm.. 32(2) 168-174.

Blomquist, CH., Lima, PH., Tarrant, AM., Atkinson, MJ., Atkinson S (2006) 17B – Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase(17B-HSD) in scleractionian corals and zooxanthellae. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part B 143: 397-403.

Mellish, JE., Calkins, DG., Christen, DR., Horning, M., Rea, LD., and Atkinson, SK. (2006) Temporary captivity as a research tool: Comprehensive study of wild pinnipeds under controlled conditions. Aqua. Mamm. 32 (1): 58-65.

Thomton, J., Tamone, S. L., Atkinson, S. (2006) Circulating ecdysteroid concentrations in Alaskan Dungeness crab (Cancer magister). J. Crust. Biol. 26(2): 176-181.

Petrauskas, L., Tuomi, P., Atkinson, S (2006) Noninvasive monitoring of stress hormone levels in a female Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pup undergoing rehabilitation. J. Zoo and Wildl. Med.37 (1): 75-78.

Maniscalco, J., Parker, P., Atkinson, S (2006) Interseasonal and interannual measures of maternal care among individual Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) J. Mammal. 87(2): 304-311.

Wang, D., Huelck, K., Atkinson, S., Li, QX (2005) Polychlorinated biphenyls in eggs of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxi.. 75: 760-767.

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Lee, A., Li, QX (2005) Analysis of organochlorines in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) tissue samples from Alaska using gas chromatography/ion trap mass spectrometry by an isotopic dilution technique. Rapid Commun. Mass Spect. 19:1815-1821.

Maldini, D., Mazzuca, L., Atkinson S. (2005). Odontocete stranding patterns in the main Hawaiian Islands (1937-2002): how do they compare to live animal surveys? Pac. Sci. 59(1): 55-67.

Recent Publications

Bergfelt, D.R., Steinetz, B.G., Dunn, J.L., Atkinson, S., Testa, W.J., and Adams, G.P. (2009) Validation of a homologous canine relaxin radioimmunoassay and application with pregnant and non-pregnant northern fur seals (Collorhinus ursinus). In Press.

Myers, M., Litz, B. and Atkinson, S. (2009) The effects of age, season and geographic region on circulating serum cortisol concentrations in threatened and endangered Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Gen. Comp. Endo. In Press

Villegas-Amtmann, S., Atkinson, S. and Costa, D.P. (2009) Low synchrony in the breeding cycle in Galapagos sea lions revealed by seasonal progesterone concentrations. J. Mammal. 90 (5): In Press

Li, Q.X., Wang, D., Shelver, W., Atkinson, S., Mellish, J-A. (2008) Tissue distribution of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in Alaskan northern fur seals: comparison of various congener classification schemes. Organhalogen Compounds. 80:1251-1254

Maniscalco, J.M., Calkins, D.G., Parker, P. and Atkinson, S. (2008) Causes and extent of natural mortality among Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups. Aquat. Mammal. 34(3): 277-287

Parker, P., Harvey, J.T., Maniscalco, J.M., and Atkinson, S. (2008) Pupping and site fidelity among individual Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) at Chiswell Island, Alaska. C. J. Zoolog. 86(8): 862-833

Nilsson, P., Hollmen, T., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Tuomi, P., Esler, D., Mulcahy, D. and Rizzolo, D. (2008). Effects of ACTH, capture, and short term confinement on glucocorticoid concentrations in harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 149(1): 275-283

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Shelver, W.L. and Li, Q.X. (2008) Simultaneous use of gas chromatography/ion trap mass spectrometry electron capture detection to improve the analysis of bromodiphenyl ethers in biological and environmental samples. Rapid Commun. Mass. Spectrom. 22:647-656

Myers, M.J., Ylitalo, G.M., Krahn, M.M., Boyd, D., Calkins, D., Burkanov, V., Atkinson, S. (2008) Organochlorine contaminants in endangered Steller sea lion pups (Eumetopias jubatus) from Western Alaska and the Russian far east. Sci. Tot. Env. 396: 60-69

Atkinson, S., DeMaster, D.P., Calkins, D.G. (2008) Anthropogenic causes of the Steller sea lion decline and their threat to recovery. Mammal Rev. 38(1): 1-18.

Atkinson, S., Calkins, D., Burkanov, V., Castellini, M., Hennen, D., Inglis, S. (2008) Impact of changing diet regimes on Steller sea lion body condition. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 24(2): 276-289

Holmes, A.L., Wise, S.S., Goertz, C., Dunn, J.L., Gulland, F.M.D., Gelatt, T.S., Beckman, K.B., Burek, K.A., Atkinson, S., Bozza, M., Taylor, R., Zheng, T., Zhang, Y., Aboueissa, A-M. and Wise, Sr. J.P. (2008) Metal tissue levels in Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups. Mar. Poll. Bull. 56: 1416-1421

Petrauskas, L., Atkinson, S., Gulland, F., Mellish, J.A. and Horning, M. (2008) Monitoring glucocorticoid response to rehabilitation and research procedures in California and Steller sea lions. J. Exper. Biol. 309A: 73-82

Ylitalo, G.M., Myers, M., Stewart, B.S., Yochem, P.K., Braun, R., Kashinsky, L., Boyd, D., Antonelis, G.A., Atkinson, S., Aguirre, A.A., Krahn, M.M. (2008) Organochlorine contaminants in endangered Hawaiian monk seals from four subpopulations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Mar. Poll. Bull. 56: 231-244

Mashburn, K.L., and Atkinson, S. (2007). Variability in leptin and adrenal response in juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in different seasons. Gen. Comp. Endo. 155(2): 352-385

Mellish, J., Hennen, D., Thomton, J., Petrauskas, L., Atkinson, S. and Calkins, D. (2007) Permanent marking in an endangered species: Physiological response to hot-branding in juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Wildl. Res. 34:43-47

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Lee, SE. and Li, QX. (2007) Organochlorines in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) tissues from the northern Gulf of Alaska. J. Environ. Poll. 146:268-280

Maniscalco, JM., Matkin, CO., Maldini, D., Calkins, DG., Atkinson, S. (2007) Assessing killer whale predation on Steller sea lions from field observations in Kenai Fjords, Alaska. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 23 (2): 306-321

Mashburn, K., and Atkinson, S. (2007) Seasonal and predator influences on adrenal function in adult Steller sea lions: Gender matters. Gen.. Comp. Endoc.150:246-252.

Siebert, U., Driver, J., Rosenberger, T., Atkinson, S. (2007) Reversible reproductive control in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) with a gonadotriopin-releasing hormone agonist. Theriogenology. 67:605-608.

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Li, Q. X. (2007) Polychlorinated naphthalenes and coplanar polychlorinated biphenyls in tissues of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the northern Gulf of Alaska. Chemosp. 67:2044-2057.

Greig, DJ., Mashburn, KL., Rutishauser, M., Gulland, FMD., Willliams, TM., and Atkinson, S. (2007) Seasonal changes in circulating progesterone and estrogen concentrations in the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) J. Mammal. 88(1):67-72.

Maniscalco, JM., Harris, KR., Atkinson, S., Parker, P. (2006) Alloparenting in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus): Correlations with misdirected care and other observations. J. Ethol., 25:125-131

Myers, M.J., Rea, LD, and Atkinson, S (2006) The effects of age, season and geographic region on thyroid hormones in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A 145: 90-98.

Petrauskas, LR. and Atkinson, SK. (2006) Variation of fecal corticosterone concentrations in captive Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in relation to season and behavior. Aqua. Mamm. 32(2) 168-174

Blomquist, CH., Lima, PH., Tarrant, AM., Atkinson, MJ., Atkinson S (2006) 17B Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase(17B-HSD) in scleractionian corals and zooxanthellae. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part B 143: 397-403.

Mellish, JE., Calkins, DG., Christen, DR., Horning, M., Rea, LD., and Atkinson, SK. (2006) Temporary captivity as a research tool: Comprehensive study of wild pinnipeds under controlled conditions. Aqua. Mamm. 32 (1): 58-65

Thomton, J., Tamone, S. L., Atkinson, S. (2006) Circulating ecdysteroid concentrations in Alaskan Dungeness crab (Cancer magister). J. Crust. Biol. 26(2): 176-181

Petrauskas, L., Tuomi, P., Atkinson, S (2006) Noninvasive monitoring of stress hormone levels in a female Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pup undergoing rehabilitation. J. Zoo and Wildl. Med. 37(1): 75-78

Maniscalco, J., Parker, P., Atkinson, S (2006) Interseasonal and interannual measures of maternal care among individual Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) J. Mammal. 87(2): 304-311

Wang, D., Huelck, K., Atkinson, S., Li, QX (2005) Polychlorinated biphenyls in eggs of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxi. 75: 760-767

Wang, D., Atkinson, S., Hoover-Miller, A., Lee, A., Li, QX (2005) Analysis of organochlorines in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) tissue samples from Alaska using gas chromatography/ion trap mass spectrometry by an isotopic dilution technique. Rapid Commun. Mass Spect. 19:1815-1821.

Maldini, D., Mazzuca, L., Atkinson S. (2005). Odontocete stranding patterns in the main Hawaiian Islands (1937-2002): how do they compare to live animal surveys? Pac. Sci. 59(1): 55-67.