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Contact Information

235 O'Neill
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: (907) 474-1811
Fax: (907) 474-7204
mdadkison@alaska.edu

Milo Adkison Full Professor

Commercial Fisheries • Fisheries and Conservation • Fisheries Population and Biometry • Fishery Management

Specialties

  • salmon biology and management
  • quantitative techniques
  • biometrics
  • population dynamics
  • modeling and Bayesian methods

Education

  • M.S. 1990 Montana State University (Biology)
  • Ph.D. 1994 University of Washington (Fisheries)

Office Hours

Monday 1-3 (or by arrangement)

Research Overview

My primary research interest is the development and application of quantitative methodologies to salmon biology and management.



Current Research Projects

  • Retrospective analysis of Chinook salmon growth and survival
  • Conservation and dynamics of small populations
  • Model selection methodologies for ecological, epidemiological and fisheries data series
  • Application of decision analysis and Bayesian statistics to resource management
  • Pacific salmon management, esp. forecasting methodologies, implications of climate fluctuations, early marine growth and survival and the economic viability of rural fishing communities

Publications

Carney, J.M.*, and Adkison, M.D. Using model simulations to compare performance of two commercial salmon management strategies in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. (currently online only)

J.M. Carney*, and M.D. Adkison. 2014. Evaluating the performance of two salmon management strategies using run reconstruction. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:159-174.

M.D. Adkison, M.B. Ward, and Quinn, T.P. 2014. Nest site preference and intrasexual competition in female sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 97:385-399.

Miller, S.E.*, M.D. Adkison, and L.J. Haldorson. 2012. Differences in stability effects on the marine survival of hatchery pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) within the upwelling and downwelling domains of the northeast Pacific Ocean. Fisheries Oceanography 21:430-444.

Echave, K. B.*, D. Hanselman, and M.D. Adkison. 2012. Inter-decadal change in sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) growth and size at maturity in the northeast Pacific Ocean. Fishery Bulletin 110: 361-364.

Miller, S.E.*, Adkison, M.D., and Haldorson, L. 2012. Relation of water column stability to the growth, condition, and survival of pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in the northern coastal Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69: 955-969.

Steiner, E.M.*, K.R. Criddle, and M.D. Adkison. 2011. Balancing biological sustainability with the economic needs of Alaska’s sockeye salmon fisheries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:431-444.

Adkison, M.D. 2010. Management implications of the effects of marine-derived nutrients on salmon population dynamics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67:1808-1815.

Mathews, E.A., and M.D. Adkison. 2010. The role of Steller sea lions in a large population decline of harbor seals. Marine Mammal Science 26:803-836.

Adkison, M.D. 2010. Models of the effects of marine-derived nutrients on salmon population dynamics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67:5-15.

Adkison, M.D. 2010. Models of the effects of marine-derived nutrients on salmon population dynamics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67:5-15.

Malick, M.J.*, M.D. Adkison, and A.C. Wertheimer. 2009. Variable effects of biological and environmental processes on coho salmon marine survival in Southeast Alaska. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 138:846-860.

Selected Publications

Malick, M.J.*, M.D. Adkison, and A.C. Wertheimer. In press. Variable effects of biological and environmental processes on coho salmon marine survival in Southeast Alaska. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Piccolo, J.J.**, M.D. Adkison, F. Rue. 2009. Linking Alaskan salmon fisheries management with ecosystem-based escapement goals: A review and prospectus. Fisheries 43:124-134.

Adkison, M.D. 2009. Drawbacks of complex models in frequentist and Bayesian approaches to natural resource management. Ecological Applications 19:198-205.

Uchiyama, T.*, B.P. Finney, and M.D. Adkison. 2008. Effects of marine-derived nutrients on population dynamics of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 65:1635-1648.

Farley, E.V. Jr*, J.M. Murphy, M.D. Adkison, L. Haldorson, L.B. Eisner. 2007. Annual variations in condition indices and habitat associations of juvenile sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) along the eastern Bering Sea shelf. Journal of Fish Biology 71:1145-1158.

Farley, E.V. Jr, J.M. Murphy, M.D. Adkison, L.B. Eisner, J.H. Helle, J.H. Moss, and J.Nielsen. 2007. Early marine growth in relation to marine-stage survival rates for Alaska sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Fishery Bulletin 105:121-130.

Shotwell, S.K., M.D. Adkison, and D.H. Hanselman. 2005. Accounting for climate variability in forecasting Alaskan chum salmon in data-limited situations. pp. ??-?? In: Kruse, G.H., V.F. Gallucci, D.E. Hay, R.I. Perry, R.M. Peterman, T.C. Shirley, P.D. Spencer, B. Wilson, and D. Woodby (eds.), Fisheries assessment and management in data-limited s ituations. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Briscoe, R.J., M.D. Adkison, A. Wertheimer., S.G. Taylor. 2005. Biophysical factors associated with the marine survival of Auke Creek, Alaska coho salmon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:817–828.

Shotwell, S.K., and M.D. Adkison. 2004. Estimating indices of abundance and escapement of Pacific salmon for data limited situations. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133:538-558.

Adkison, M.D., and B.P. Finney. 2003. The long-term outlook for salmon returns to Alaska. Alaska Fisheries Research Bulletin 10:83-94.

Shotwell, S.K., and M.D. Adkison. In press. Estimating indices of abundance and escapement of Pacific salmon for data limited situations. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Adkison, M.D., T.J. Quinn II, and R.J. Small. 2003. Evaluation of the Alaska harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) population survey: a simulation study. Marine Mammal Science 19:764-790.

Su, Z. and M.D. Adkison. 2002. Optimal inseason management of pink salmon given uncertain run sizes and seasonal changes in economic value. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59:1648-1659.

Adkison, M.D. 2002. Preseason forecasts of pink salmon harvests in SE Alaska using Bayesian model averaging. Alaska Fisheries Research Bulletin 9:1-8.

Adkison, M.D., and Z. Su. 2001. A comparison of salmon escapement estimates using a hierarchical Bayesian approach versus separate maximum likelihood estimation of each year’s return. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58:1663-1671.

Su, Z., M.D. Adkison, and B.W. Van Alen. 2001. A hierarchical Bayesian model for estimating historical salmon escapement and escapement timing Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58:1648-1662.

Adkison, M.D., and R.M. Peterman. 1999. The predictability of Bristol Bay, Alaska sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) returns 1 to 4 years in the future. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 20:69-80.

Adkison, M.D., B. Ballachey, J. Bodkin, and L. Holland-Bartels. 1998. Integrating ecosystem studies: a Bayesian comparison of hypotheses. pp. 495-509. In: F. Funk, J.N. Ianelli, T.J. Quinn II, and P.J. Sullivan (eds.) Proceedings of the international symposium on fishery stock assessment models for the 21st century. Alaska Sea Grant College Program. AK-SG-98-01.

Peterman, R.M., B.J. Pyper, M.F. Lapointe, M.D. Adkison, C.J. Walters. 1998. Patterns of covariation in survival rates of British Columbia and Alaskan sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) stocks. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:2503-2517.

Adkison, M.D., R.M. Peterman, M.F. Lapointe, D.M. Gillis, and J. Korman. 1996. Alternative models of climatic effects on sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) production in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the Fraser River, British Columbia. Fisheries Oceanography 5:137-152

Adkison, M.D., and R.M. Peterman. 1996. Results of Bayesian methods depend on details of implementation: an example estimating salmon escapement goals. Fisheries Research 25: 155-170.

Quinn, T.P., M.D. Adkison, and M.B. Ward. 1996. Behavioral tactics of male sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) under varying operating sex ratios. Ethology 102: 304-322

Adkison, M.D. 1995. Population differentiation in Pacific salmon: local adaptation, genetic drift, or the environment? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 52: 2762-2777.

Pascual, M.A. and M.D. Adkison. 1994. The decline of the Steller sea lion in the northeast Pacific: demography, harvest or environment? Ecological Applications 4: 393-403. Recipient of the Wildlife Publications Award from the Wildlife Society.