research staff listing

A Photo of  Brenda Holladay

Contact Information

Institute of Marine Science
209C O'Neill
P.O. Box 757220
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
Phone: (907) 474-5428
Fax: (907) 474-7204

Brenda Holladay

Fisheries Ecology • Fisheries Oceanography


  • B.Sc. 1988 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Biology)
  • M.Sc. 2001 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fisheries Oceanography)

Research Overview

Distribution and feeding ecology of subarctic and arctic marine fishes, with emphasis on demersal species, early life history, and species assemblages.

Current Research Projects

  • US-Canada TransBoundary Fish and Lower Trophic Communities (BOEM)
  • Central Beaufort Monitoring - Fisheries Ecology of the Beaufort Sea (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [BOEM])
  • RUSALCA: Fish Ecology and Oceanography, Chukchi Sea (Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research; NOAA)
  • AKMAP: Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program, Chukchi Sea (Coastal Impact Assessment Program/FWS/USDOC)


Cooper DW, Duffy-Anderson JT, Norcross BL, Holladay BA, Stabeno PJ (2014) Nursery areas of juvenile northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) in the eastern Bering Sea in relation to hydrography and thermal regimes. ICES Journal of Marine Science 71(7): 1683–1695, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst210

Norcross BL, Raborn SW, Holladay BA, Gallaway BJ, Crawford ST, Priest JT, Edenfield LE, Meyer R (2013) Northeastern Chukchi Sea demersal fishes and associated environmental characteristics, 2009–2010. Continental Shelf Research 67:77–95;

Day RH, Weingartner TJ, Hopcroft RR, Aerts LAM, Blanchard AL, Gall AE, Gallaway BJ, Hannay DE, Holladay BA, Mathis JT, Norcross BL, Questel JM, Wisdom SS (In press) The offshore northeastern Chukchi Sea: a complex high-latitude system. Continental Shelf Research 67:147–165,

Norcross BL, Holladay BA, Busby M, Mier K (2010) Demersal and larval fish assemblages in the Chukchi Sea. Deep-Sea Research II 57(1-2):57-70

Bluhm BA, Iken K, Mincks Hardy S, Sirenko BI, Holladay BA (2009) Community structure of epibenthic megafauna in the Chukchi Sea. Aquatic Biology Vol. 7: 269–293. doi: 10.3354/ab00198

Mecklenburg CW, Norcross BL, Holladay BA, Mecklenburg TA (2008) Fishes, pp. 65-79, In: Hopcroft R., B. Bluhm, and R., Grading R. (Eds) Arctic Ocean synthesis: Analysis of climate change impacts in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas with strategies for future research. Final Report to the North Pacific Research Board. Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mecklenburg CW, Stein DL, Sheiko BA, Chernova NV, Mecklenburg TA, Holladay BA (2007) Russian-American Long-Term Census of the Arctic: Benthic fishes trawled in the Chukchi Sea and Bering Strait, August 2004. Northwestern Naturalist 88:168-187

Norcross BL, Blanchard A, Holladay BA (1999) Comparison of models for defining nearshore flatfish nursery areas in Alaskan waters. Fisheries Oceanography 8(1): 50–67

Norcross BL, Müter F-J, Holladay BA (1997) Habitat models for juvenile flatfishes around Kodiak Island, Alaska. Fisheries Bulletin (U.S.) 95(3): 504-520

Norcross BL, Holladay BA, Müter F-J (1995) Nursery area characteristics in coastal Alaska, USA. Netherlands Journal of Sea Research 34(1–3): 161–175

Holladay BA, Norcross BL (1995) Diet of age-0 Pacific halibut in nearshore waters of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Environmental Biology of Fishes 44: 403–416