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George M. Durner

Title: Research Zoologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7082
Fax: (907) 786-7150
Email: gdurner@usgs.gov

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Education and/or Training

M.S.1991Frostburg State University, MDWildlife Biology
B.S.1983East Sroudsburg State University, PABiology/Environmental Studies

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Spatial pattern of polar bears relative to reproductive status, habitat and prey distribution.

Professional Experience

1991 - PresentResearch Wildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Present:
The Wildlife Society
The Cooper Ornithological Society
The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Past:
The Herpetological Society

Websites of Interest

Polar Bear Research

Publications

Total pubs: 53

Atwood, T. C., E. Peacock, K. Burek-Huntington, V. Shearn-Bochsler, B. Bodenstein, K. Beckmen, and G. M. Durner. 2015. Prevalence and spatio-temporal variation of an Alopecia Syndrome in polar bears of the Southern Beaufort Sea. Journal of Wildlife Diseases In Press. doi:10.7589/2013-11-301 [Details] [Full Publication]

Rode, K. D., E. V. Regehr, D. C. Douglas, G. M. Durner, A. E. Derocher, G. W. Thiemann, and S. M. Budge. 2014. Variation in the response of an Arctic top predator experiencing habitat loss: feeding and reproductive ecology of two polar bear populations. Global Change Biology 20(1):76-88. doi:10.1111/gcb.12339 [Details] [Full Publication]

Rode, K. D., A. M. Pagano, J. F. Bromaghin, T. C. Atwood, G. M. Durner, and K. S. Simac. 2014. Effects of capturing and collaring on polar bears: Findings from long-term research on the southern Beaufort population. Wildlife Research In Press. [Details]

Wilson, R. R., J. S. Horne, K. D. Rode, E. V. Regehr, and G. M. Durner. 2014. Identifying polar bear resource selection patterns to inform offshore development in a dynamic and changing Arctic. Ecosphere 5(10):136. doi:10.1890/ES14-00193.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bromaghin, J. F., T. L. McDonald, I. Stirling, A. E. Derocher, E. S. Richardson, E. V. Regehr, D. C. Douglas, G. M. Durner, T. C. Atwood, and S. C. Amstrup. 2014. Polar bear population dynamics in the southern Beaufort Sea during a period of sea ice decline. Ecological Applications In Press. doi:10.1890/14-1129.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Durner, G. M., K. S. Simac, and S. C. Amstrup. 2013. Mapping polar bear maternal denning habitat in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska with an IfSAR digital terrain model. Arctic 66(2):197-206. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pagano, A. M., G. M. Durner, S. C. Amstrup, K. S. Simac, and G. S. York. 2012. Long-distance swimming by polar bears (Ursus maritimus) of the southern Beaufort Sea during years of extensive open water. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90:663-676. doi:10.1139/z2012-033 [Details] [Full Publication]

Vongraven, D., J. Aars, S. C. Amstrup, S. N. Atkinson, S. E. Belikov, E. W. Born, T. D. DeBruyn, A. E. Derocher, G. M. Durner, N. J. Lunn, M. E. Obbard, J. Omelak, N. Ovsyanikov, E. Peacock, E. S. Richardson, V. Sahanatien, I. Stirling, and Ø. Wiig. 2012. A circumpolar monitoring framework for polar bears. Ursus 23(sp2):1-66. doi:10.2192/URSUS-D-11-00026.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Durner, G. M., J. P. Whiteman, H. J. Harlow, S. C. Amstrup, E. V. Regehr, and M. Ben-David. 2011. Consequences of long-distance swimming and travel over deep-water ice for a female polar bear during a year of extreme sea ice retreat. Polar Biology 34:975-984. doi:10.1007/s00300-010-0953-2 [Details] [Full Publication]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, A. S. Fischbach, K. S. Simac, and G. W. York. 2011. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. Proceedings: Bear Taxanomic Group Workshop on Ursids in Captivity. American Zoological Society Annual Meeting. Detroit, MI, USA. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., E. T. DeWeaver, D. C. Douglas, B. G. Marcot, G. M. Durner, C. M. Bitz, and D. A. Bailey. 2010. Greenhouse gas mitigation can reduce sea-ice loss and increase polar bear persistence. Nature 468:955-958. doi:10.1038/nature09653 [Details] [Full Publication]

Durner, G. M., A. S. Fischbach, S. C. Amstrup, and D. C. Douglas. 2010. Catalogue of Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Maternal Den Locations in the Beaufort Sea and Neighboring Regions, Alaska, 1910-2010. USGS Data Series 568. [Details] [Full Publication]

Durner, G. M., D. C. Douglas, R. M. Nielson, S. C. Amstrup, T. L. McDonald, I. Stirling, M. Mauritzen, E. W. Born, Ø. Wiig, E. T. DeWeaver, M. C. Serreze, S. E. Belikov, M. M. Holland, J. Maslanik, J. Aars, D. A. Bailey, and A. E. Derocher. 2009. Predicting 21st-century polar bear habitat distribution from global climate models. Ecological Monographs 79(1):25-58. doi:10.1890/07-2089.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Durner, G. M., D. C. Douglas, R. M. Nielson, S. C. Amstrup, and T. L. McDonald. 2007. Predicting the future distribution of Polar Bear Habitat in the polar basin from resource selection functions applied to 21st century general circulation model projections of sea ice. USGS Administrative Report, 61 p. [Details]

Bergen, S., G. M. Durner, D. C. Douglas, and S. C. Amstrup. 2007. Predicting movements of female polar bears between summer sea ice foraging habitats and terrestrial denning habitats of Alaska in the 21st century: Proposed methodology and pilot assessment. USGS Administrative Report, 24 p. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, and K. J. Ambrosius. 2006. Polar bear maternal den habitat on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Arctic 59(1):31-36. [Details] [Full Publication]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, T. L. McDonald, and W. R. Johnson. 2006. Estimating potential effects of hypothetical oil spills on polar bears. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, 64 p. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, G. S. York, E. V. Regehr, K. S. Simac, T. S. Smith, S. T. Partridge, T. W. Bentzen, K. S. Amstrup, and D. C. Douglas. 2006. Polar bear research in Alaska. Pages 77-100 in J. Aars, N. J. Lunn, and A. E. Derocher, (eds.). Proceedings of the 14th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 20-24 June 2005, Seattle, Washington. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland. IUCN/SSC Occasional Paper 32. 198 p. [Details]

Durner, G. M., D. C. Douglas, R. M. Nielson, and S. C. Amstrup. 2006. A model for autumn pelagic distribution of adult female polar bears in the Chukchi Seas, 1987-1994. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, I. Stirling, and T. L. McDonald. 2005. Allocating harvests among polar bear stocks in the Beaufort Sea. Arctic 58(3):247-259. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, E. V. Regehr, G. W. York, K. S. Simac, T. S. Smith, S. T. Partridge, and D. C. Douglas. 2005. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. February 2005, Edmonton, Alberta. Proceedings: Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, G. York, E. V. Regehr, K. S. Simac, T. S. Smith, S. T. Partridge, T. W. Bentzen, K. S. Amstrup, and D. C. Douglas. 2005. Report on research progress in Alaska. Proceedings: 15th Annual meeting of joint commissioners and technical advisors of the Inuvialiut Game Council and North Slope Borough. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., T. L. McDonald, and G. M. Durner. 2004. Using satellite radiotelemetry data to delineate and manage wildlife populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32(3):661-679. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, E. V. Regehr, G. W. York, K. S. Simac, T. S. Smith, S. T. Partridge, and D. C. Douglas. 2004. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. February 2004, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Proceedings: Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, R. Neilson, and T. L. McDonald. 2004. Using discrete choice modeling to generate resource selection functions for female polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. Pages 107-120 in S. Huzurbazar, (ed.) Resource Selection Methods and Applications. Proceedings: 1st Conference on Resource Selection Modeling, January 2003 Laramie, WY, USA. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, R. Neilson, and T. L. McDonald. 2004. The use of sea ice habitat by female polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. MMS OCS Study 2004-014 [Details]

Kern, J. W., T. L. McDonald, S. C. Amstrup, G. M. Durner, and W. P. Erickson. 2003. Using the bootstrap and fast Fourier transfrom to estimate confidence intervals of 2D kernel densities. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 10(4):405-418. [Details] [Full Publication]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, A. S. Fischbach, G. W. York, K. S. Simac, T. S. Smith, S. T. Partridge, and D. C. Douglas. 2003. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. February 2003, Edmonton, Alberta. Proceedings: Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, and A. S. Fischbach. 2003. Habitat characteristics of polar bear terrestrial maternal den sites in northern Alaska. Arctic 56(1):55-62. [Details] [Full Publication]

Amstrup, S. C., G. W. York, T. L. McDonald, R. Neilson, K. S. Simac, and G. M. Durner. 2003. Detecting denning polar bears with forward looking infra-red imagery (FLIR). Page 59 in Proceedings of the Ninth MMS Information Transfer Meeting. MMS OCS Study 2003-042, 118 p. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, R. Neilson, and T. L. McDonald. 2003. The use of sea ice habitat by female polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. Pages 60-61 in Proceedings of the Ninth MMS Information Transfer Meeting. MMS OCS Study 2003-042, 118 p. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, A. S. Fischbach, K. S. Simac, and G. W. York. 2002. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. Pages 109-125 in edited by N. J. Lunn, S. Schliebe and E. W. Born, (eds.), Occasional Paper IUCN Specialists Survey Commission 26. Proceedings: 13th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 23-28 June 2001. Nuuk, Greenland. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, A. S. Fischbach, G. S. York, and K. S. Simac. 2002. Polar bear research in the Beaufort Sea. Proceedings: Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee, 9-10 Feb 2002. Iqualuit, Canada. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, and T. L. McDonald. 2002. Volume III, Appendix J 1, Liberty Development and Production Plan. Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Minerals Management Service, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region OCS EIS/EA MMS 2001-001. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, A. S. Fischbach, K. S. Simac, and G. W. York. 2002. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. Proceedings of the Bear Taxanomic Group Workshop on Ursids in Captivity. Annual Meeting of the American Zoological Society, Detroit, MI, April 27 - 29, 2001. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, T. L. McDonald, D. M. Mulcahy, and G. W. Garner. 2001. Comparing movement patterns of satellite-tagged male and female polar bears. Canadian Journal of Zoology 79:2147-2158. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, and T. L. McDonald. 2001. Estimating the impacts of oil spills on polar bears. Arctic Research of the United States 14:33-37. [Details]

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, and K. J. Ambrosius. 2001. Remote identification of polar bear maternal den habitat in northern Alaska. Arctic 54:115-121. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, I. Stirling, N. J. Lunn, and F. Messier. 2000. Movements and distribution of polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. Canadian Journal of Zoology 78:948-966. [Details]

Cronin, M. A., S. C. Amstrup, G. M. Durner, L. E. Noel, T. L. McDonald, and W. B. Ballard. 2000. Caribou distribution during the post-calving period in relation to infrastructue in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, Alaska. Arctic 51(2):85-93. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1999. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. Pages 131-139 in A. E. Derocher, (ed.), Occasional Paper IUCN Specialists Survey Commission 19. Proceedings: IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1999. Polar bear research in the Beaufort Sea. Proceedings: Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1998. Polar bear research in the Beaufort Sea. Pages 47-52 in Proceedings: Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1998. Polar bear research in the Beaufort Sea. Pages 131-139 in A. E. Derocher, G. W. Garner, N. J. Lunn, and O. Wiig, (eds.). International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland. IUCN/SSC Occasional Paper 19. 159 pp. Proceedings: 12th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group Oslo, Norway. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1998. Identification of polar bear den habitat in northern Alaska. Pages 141-145 in A. E. Derocher, G. W. Garner, N. J. Lunn, and O. Wiig, (eds.). International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland. IUCN/SSC Occasional Paper 19. 159 pp. Proceedings: 12th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group Oslo, Norway. [Details]

Durner, G. M. and S. C. Amstrup. 1996. Mass and body-dimension relationships of polar bears in northern Alaska. Wildlife Society Bulletin 24(3):480-484. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1995. Survival rates of radio-collared female polar bears and their dependent young. Canadian Journal of Zoology 73:1312-1322. [Details]

Durner, G. M. and S. C. Amstrup. 1995. Movements of a polar bear from northern Alaska to northern Greenland. Arctic 48(4):338-341. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1995. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. Proceedings: 11th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group. [Details]

Durner, G. M. and J. E. Gates. 1993. Spatial Ecology of Black Rat Snakes on Remington Farms, Maryland. Journal of Wildlife Management 57(4):812-826. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1992. Temporal and geographic variation of maternity denning among polar bears of the Beaufort Sea. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pages 198-206 in T. R. Mc Cabe, B. Griffith, N. E. Walsh, and D. D. Young, (eds.). Terrestrial Research: 1002 area - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Interim Report, 1988-1990, 432 p. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1992. Polar bear maternity denning on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pages 189-197 in T. R. Mc Cabe, B. Griffith, N. E. Walsh, and D. D. Young, (eds.). Terrestrial Research: 1002 area - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Interim Report, 1988-1990, 432 p. [Details]

Amstrup, S. C. and G. M. Durner. 1992. Responses of maternal polar bears to human activities in Alaska. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pages 198-206 in T. R. Mc Cabe, B. Griffith, N. E. Walsh, and D. D. Young, (eds.). Terrestrial Research: 1002 area - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Interim Report, 1988-1990, 432 p. [Details]

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