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Contact Information

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 226-4654

Angela Doroff Affiliate Faculty

Marine Mammals

Research Overview

I am the Research Coordinator at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve). The Reserve is a unique organization composed of research, education, and coastal training sectors that collectively benefit the State of Alaska, National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the coastal communities in Southcentral Alaska. In the research program, we conduct locally and nationally relevant research and communicate the science to the public, coastal decision-makers, and other scientists. Our directed research and long-term monitoring programs help inform landscape-scale habitat requirements for juvenile salmon, oceanography, and coastal ecology. Our research helps document physical environmental trends which help inform biological and ecosystem-based processes in the nearshore marine system.

I have lived and worked in Alaska over the past 25 years in coastal areas ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Southeast. My favorite habitat is the near-shore coastal zone. I have worked extensively on population biology, foraging ecology, conservation planning, and health and condition studies with sea otters in Alaska and California. I am currently the IUCN sea otter specialist to the Otter Specialist Group, an international working group working to preserve otter species world-wide.


Goldstein T, J.A.K. Mazet, V.A. Gill, A. M. Doroff, K. A.Burek, and J.A. Hammond. 2009. Phocine distemper virus in northern sea otters in the Pacific Ocean, Alaska, USA. Emerging infectious diseases. 15:925-927.

Burek, K. A., D. M. Mulcahy, A. M. Doroff, and T. O. Johnson. 2011. Three sarcomas in free-ranging northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) in Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

Goldstein T., A. M. Doroff, P. Tuomi, D. Monson, V.A. Gill, A. Burdin, J. Bodkin, P. Conrad, C. Field, J. L. Dunn, C. Kreuder, D.A. Jessup, and J.A. Estes. 2011. Comparison of health and prevalence of exposure to disease between two sea otter (Enhydra lutris) populations: the declining Southwest population in Alaska and the stable Commander Islands population in Russia. J. Wildlife Diseases

Doroff A.M., O. Badajos, K. Corbell, D. Jenski, and M. Beaver. 2012. Assessment of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) Diet in Kachemak Bay, Alaska (2008-2010). IUCN Otter Specialist Bulletin Vol 29(1) 15-23pp.

Edgar, K., W. A. Miller, P. L. Shewmaker, S. Jang, C. E. C. Goertz, P. A. Tuomi, V. A. Gill, K. A. Burek Huntington, M. A. Miller, A. M. Doroff, D. Jessup, and B. A. Byrne. 2012. Genotypic Characterization of Streptococcus infantarius subspecies coli Isolates from

Sea Otters with Valvular Endocarditis. J. Clin. Micro. Vol. 50(12)4131.

Carrasco, S. E., B. B. Chomel, V. A. Gill, A. M. Doroff, M. A. Miller, K. A. Burek, R. W. Kasten, B. A. Byrne, T. G. Goldstein, J. A. K. Mazet. 2014. Exposure to Bartonella spp. is common in Alaskan sea otters. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Vol. 14(12) 831.

Stewart, N.L., B. Konar, A. Doroff. 2014. Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) foraging in a heterogeneous environment in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:921-939.

Newsome, S. D., M. T. Tinker, V.A. Gill, A.M. Doroff, L. Nichol, and J.L. Bodkin. 2015. The interaction of intraspecific competition and habitat on individual diet specialization. Oecologia

DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3223-8.