Contact InformationInstitute of Marine Science
230 Irving II
P.O. Box 757220
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
Phone: (907) 474-6332
Fax: (907) 474-7204
Bodil Bluhm Research Associate Professor
- Polar marine invertebrates
- Benthic and sea ice ecology
- Invertebrate population dynamics and trophic interactions
- M.S. 1997 University of Kiel (Zoology)
- Ph.D. 2000 Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Marine Biology)
Office HoursMon, Wed, Fri 10-11 am
I have a strong interest in community ecology, biodiversity and population dynamics of benthic and sea ice-associated fauna. My research also focuses on coupling processes between the benthic, pelagic and sea ice realms in the Arctic through carbon flux and trophic interactions. Moreover, I contribute to Arctic data synthesis efforts and consider it important to aggregate historic data sources and make them available online.
Current Research Projects
- Beaufort Sea fish and invertebrate surveys
- Arctic snow crab research (Costal Marine Institute)
- Bering Sea Ecosystem Research - Sea ice algae, a major food source for herbivorous plankton and benthos in the eastern Bering Sea. (NSF)
- Sea ice-related research projects (NSF, NOAA)
- Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA): Arctic Epibenthic Community Structure and Benthic Food Web Structure (NOAA CIFAR)
- Arctic Ocean Diversity, a Census of Marine Life project (Sloan Foundation)
- Ocean Exploration: Hidden Ocean
- The Virtual Handbook on Population Dynamics
- Census of Marine Life
The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 50 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans -- past, present, and future.
- Arctic Report Card
Status and trend of benthic organisms
- Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic
- Download curriculum vita (174 kb PDF)
- Arctic Ocean Diversity
A Census of Marine Life project
Complete list of publications based on Google Scholar
Bluhm in the News
- CoML kicks off Arctic program
- SFOS scientist featured in National Geographic
- The Hidden Ocean: Explorations under the ice of the Western Arctic. "Deep-sea Benthos Diversity and Food Web Structure" and "Life in the crystal palace"
- Arctic Science Journeys on "The Hidden Ocean: Explorations under the ice of the Western Arctic
Gradinger R, Bluhm BA, Kaufman MR. The pivotal role of sea ice sediments for the seasonal development of near-shore Arctic fast ice biota. Marine Ecology Progress Series, accepted with revisions
Bluhm B, Watts D, Huettmann F (2010) Free database availability, metadata and the Internet: an example of two high latitude components of the Census of Marine Life. In: Huettmann F, Cushman S.A. (eds) Spatial complexity, informatics and wildlife conservation. Springer. In press
Piepenburg D, Bluhm BA (2010) Arctic seafloor life, glasnost and climate change. In: Hempel G, Hempel I (eds) Biology of the polar oceans. Hausschild, in press
Bluhm BA, Gradinger RR, Schnack-Schiel SB (2009) Sea ice meio- and macrofauna. In: Thomas D, Dieckmann G (eds) Sea ice. 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell, in press
Bluhm BA, Iken K, Hopcroft RR (2009) Observations and exploration of the Arctic's Canada Basin and the Chukchi Sea: The Hidden Ocean and RUSALCA expeditions. Deep Sea Research II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.08.001
Gradinger R, Bluhm B, Iken K (2009) Arctic sea ice ridges - safe havens for sea ice fauna during periods of extreme ice melt? Deep Sea Research II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.08.008
Gradinger R, Bluhm BA (2009) Assessment of the abundance and diversity of sea ice biota. In: Eicken H (ed) Handbook on field techniques in sea ice research (a sea ice system services approach). University of Alaska Press, in press
Iken K, Bluhm BA, Dunton K (2009) Benthic food web structure serves as indicator of water mass properties in the southern Chukchi Sea. Deep Sea Research II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.08.007
MacDonald IR, Bluhm BA (shared 1st authorship), Iken K, Gagaev S, Strong S (2009). Benthic macrofaunal and megafaunal assemblages in the Arctic deep-sea Canada Basin. Deep Sea Research II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.08.012
Bluhm BA, Gradinger R, Hüttmann F, Hopcroft RR, Gebruk A, Sirenko BI (2008) Arctic Ocean Diversity - A Census of Marine Life project in the Arctic. Biologie in Unserer Zeit (in German) 38:40-49
Kaufman MR, Gradinger RR, Bluhm BA, O'Brien DM (2008) Using stable isotopes to assess carbon and nitrogen turnover in the Arctic sympagic amphipod Onisimus litoralis. Oecologia 158:11-22
Piraino S, Bluhm BA, Gradinger R, Boero F (2008) Sympagohydra tuuli gen. nov. et sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) a cool hydroid from the Arctic sea ice. Journal of Marine Biological Association of United Kingdom 88:1637-1641
Bluhm BA, Coyle CO, Konar B, Highsmith RC, 2007. High gray whale densities at an oceanographic front in the south-central Chuchi Sea in 2003. Deep-Sea Research II, 54:2919-2933.
Coyle KO, Bluhm BA, Konar B, Blanchard A, Highsmith RC, 2007. Amphipod prey of grey whales in the northern Bering Sea: changes in biomass and distribution. Deep-Sea Research II, 54:2906-2918.
Bluhm BA, Gradinger R, Piraino S. 2007. First record of sympagic hydroids (Hydrozoa, Cnidaria) in Arctic coastal fast ice.Polar Biology, 30:1557-1563.
Bluhm BA, Gradinger R. (2008) Regional variability in food availability for Arctic marine mammals.Ecological Applications 18 suppl: 77-96
Gradinger R, Bluhm BA (2006). Life in the crystal palace: flora and fauna of Arctic sea ice. In Hempel H, Schiel S (eds) Life in the oceans – an ecological reader. Springer Verlag, in German, pp 39-47
Highsmith RC, Coyle KO, Bluhm BA, Konar, B. 2006. Gray Whales in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. In Estes J, DeMaster DP, Doak DF, Williams TM, Brownell RL (eds) Whales, Whaling and Ocean Ecosystems. UC Press, pp 303-313
Iken K, Bluhm BA, Gradinger R (2005) Food web structure in the high Arctic Canada Basin: evidence from d13C and d15N analysis. Polar Biology (spec. issue) 28:238-249
Gradinger R, Bluhm B (2005) Arctic Ocean Exploration 2002. Polar Biology (spec. issue) 28:169-170
Bluhm BA, MacDonald IR, Debenham C, Iken K (2005) Macro- and megabenthic communities in the high Arctic Canada Basin: initial findings. Polar Biology, (spec. issue) 28:218-231
Gradinger R, Meiners K, Plumley G, Zhang Q, Bluhm BA (2005) Abundance and composition of the sea ice meiofauna in off-shore pack ice of the Beaufort Gyre in summer 2002 and 2003. Polar Biology, (spec. issue) 28:171-181
Gradinger RR, Bluhm BA (2004). In situ observations on the distribution and behavior of amphipods and Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) under the sea ice of the high Arctic Canadian Basin. Polar Biology, 27:595-603.
Bluhm BA, Bechtel, PJ (2003). The Potential Fate and Effects of Seafood Processing Wastes Dumped at Sea: A Review. In: Bechtel, P.J. (ed.) Advances in seafood byproducts: 2002 conference proceedings. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks: 121-140.
Bluhm BA, Beyer K, Niehoff, B (2002) Brain structure and histological features of lipofuscin in two Antarctic caridean decapods. Crustaceana 75: 61-76.
Bluhm BA, Brey T (2001) Age determination in the Antarctic shrimp Notocrangon antarcticus (Pfeffer, 1887) (Crustacea: Decapoda) using the autofluorescent pigment lipofuscin. Marine Biology 138: 247-257.
Bluhm BA, Brey T, Klages M (2001) The autofluorescent age pigment lipofuscin: key to age, growth and productivity of the Antarctic amphipod Waldeckia obesa (Chevreux, 1905). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 258: 215-235.
Storch V, Bluhm BA, Arntz WE (2001) Microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the digestive system of three Antarctic shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea). Polar Biology 24: 604-614.
Bluhm BA, Juterzenka Kv, Piepenburg D (1998) Distribution, standing stock, growth, mortality and production of Strongylocentrotus pallidus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) in the northern Barents Sea. Polar Biology 20: 325-334.