Contact InformationAlaska SeaLife Center
PO Box 1329
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: (907) 491-0999
Anne Hoover-Miller Affiliate Faculty
- Alaska SeaLife Center
- Pinniped Research
- Harbor Seals
- B.A. 1978 University of California Santa Cruz (Environmental Studies)
- M.S. 1983 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Zoology)
Anne Hoover-Miller has been studying the ecology and population biology of harbor seals and other pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses) for more than 30 years. She initially began her research of elephant seals, harbor seals and Steller sea lions in 1975 on Año Nuevo Island, in central California; in 1978, Anne relocated to Alaska to learn how ice influences seals. After earning her MSc degree at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1978, she moved to Day Harbor where she continued to explore the marine environment by blending research, commercial fishing and recreation. In 2002, Anne began working at the Alaska SeaLife Center to develop the harbor seal research program. Through studies of resident, free-ranging, and rehabilitating seals, we are learning how the physiology, condition, distribution, and behavior of harbor seals respond to changing environmental conditions.
Current Research Projects
- Remote Video Observations of Harbor Seals in Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park
- Pinniped Research at the Alaska SeaLife Center
- Remote observations of harbor seals and glacial habitats
The Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center has been supporting research on harbor seals in Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park. Remotely controlled video cameras are being used to observe harbor seals in two glacial ice habitats, Aialik Glacier: a relatively stable tidewater glacier and Pedersen Glacier, a retreating glacier that calves ice into an estuarine lake. We are investigating population trends, seasonal habitat use, and the behavior of seals when humans are present and absent.
Hoover-Miller A., and A. Pinchuk. 2008. An exploratory study of marine ecology and oceanography in Aialik Bay. In: M. Shaw (ed.). Scientific studies in Marine Environments. Alaska Park Science. National Park Service. Anchorage Alaska. 7(2):6-11
Jezierski C., A. Hoover-Miller and B. Norcross. 2008. Integration of tourism into the marine ecosystem. .Alaska Park Science. National Park Service. Anchorage Alaska. 7(2):18-21
Maniscalco J.M., A. Hoover-Miller, and D. Zatz. 2008. Remote monitoring of pinnipeds in Kenai Fjords National Park. Alaska Park Science. National Park Service. Anchorage Alaska. 7(2):12-17
Wang, D. S. Atkinson, A. Hoover-Miller, W. Shelver and Q. Li. 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.
Wang, D., S. Atkinson., A. Hoover-Miller, S. Lee, and Q.X. Li,. 2007. Organochlorines in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) tissues from the northern Gulf of Alaska. J. Environ. Poll. 146(1):268-280.
Wang, D., S. Atkinson, A. Hoover-Miller, Q. Li. 2007. Polychlorinated naphthalenes and coplanar polychlorinated biphenyls in tissues of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the northern Gulf of Alaska. Chemosphere 67(10):2044-57
Wang, D., S. Atkinson, A. Hoover-Miller, and Q. Li. 2005. Analysis of organochlorines in harbor seal tissue samples from Alaska using gas chromatography/ion trap mass spectrometry by an isotopic dilution technique. Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry 19(13): 1815 – 1821
Hoover-Miller, A., S. Atkinson, P. Armato. 2004 Live feed video monitoring of harbor seals. Alaska Park Science. National Park Service. Anchorage Alaska. Vol 3, Issue 1. pp 25-29.
Hoover-Miller, A. A, K. R. Parker, and J. J. Burns. 2001. A reassessment of the impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardsi) in Prince William Sound. Marine Mammal Science. 17(1):111-135.
Hoover-Miller, A. A. 1994. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina): Biology and Management in Alaska. Marine Mammal Commission. Washington, D.C. 45 pp.
Murphy, E. C., A.A. Hoover, R.H. Day, K.L. Oakley. 1992. Intracolony variability during periods of poor reproductive performance at a glaucous-winged gull colony. The Condor. 94:598-607
Hoover-Miller, A. A. 1988. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). In: Selected marine mammals of Alaska: species accounts with management recommendations, 1991 update. Jack Lentfer (ed.). Marine Mammal Commission. Washington D.C.
Hoover-Miller, A. A. 1988. Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). In: Selected marine mammals of Alaska: species accounts with management recommendations. Jack Lentfer (ed.). Marine Mammal Commission. Washington D.C.
Murphy, E. C., R. H. Day, K. L. Oakely, and A. A. Hoover. 1984. Dietary changes and poor reproductive performance in Glaucous-winged Gulls. Auk. 101:532-541.
Hoover, A. A. 1983. Behavior and ecology of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardsi) inhabiting glacial ice in Aialik Bay, Alaska. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Alaska, Fairbanks. 133 pp.