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ABOUT THE ALASKA
SCIENCE CENTER

SCIENCE OFFICES

CONFERENCES

USGS ALASKA DATA RESOURCES

OTHER ALASKA AREA
SCIENCE OFFICES

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

Significant Recent Publications

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.

Rode, K. D., E. V. Regehr, D. C. Douglas, G. M. Durner, A. E. Derocher, G. W. Thiemann, and S. M. Budge. 2013. Variation in the response of an Arctic top predator experiencing habitat loss: Feeding and reproductive ecology of two polar bear populations. Global Change Biology In Press. doi:10.1111/gcb.12339

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

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. Ovsynikov, E. Peacock, E. S. Richardson, V. Sahanatien, I. Stirling, and . Wiig. 2012. A circumpolar monitoring framework for polar bears. Ursus 23(sp2):1-66. doi:10.2192/URSUS-D-11-00026.1

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.

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.

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, and K. J. Ambrosius. 2005. Polar bear maternal den habitat in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Arctic 59(1):31-36.

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.

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

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, R. Nielson, 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 of the 1st Conference on Resource Selection Modeling. January 2003, Laramie, Wyoming.

Amstrup, S. C., T. L. McDonald, and G. M. Durner. 2004. Using Satellite radio-telemetry data to delineate and manage wildlife populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 32(3):661-679.

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.

Kern, J. W., T. L. McDonald, S. C. Amstrup, G. M. Durner, and W. P. Erickson. 2003. Using the bootstrap and fast fourier transform to estimate confidence intervals of 2-D kernel densities. Environmental and Ecological Statistics. 10:405-418.

Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, A. S. Fischbach, K. Simac, and G. Weston-York. 2002. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth working meeting of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialists Group, Nuuk, Greenland. Edited by N. J. Lunn, S. Schliebe, and E. W. Born. Occas. Pap. IUCN Spec. Surv. Comm. 26:109-125.

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

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.

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.

Amstrup, S. C., G. 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.

Durner, G. M., S. C. Amstrup, and T. L. McDonald. 2000. Estimating the impacts of oil spills on polar bears. Arctic Research of the United States. 14(Fall/Winter):33-37.

Amstrup, S. C., G. M.Durner, and T. L. McDonald. 2000. 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

Amstrup, S. C., and G. M. Durner. 1999. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. In Proceedings of the Twelfth working meeting of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialists Group, Oslo, Norway. Edited by A. E. Derocher. Occas. Pap. IUCN Spec. Surv. Comm. 19:131-139.

Cronin, M. A., S. C. Amstrup, G. M. Durner, L. E. Noel, T. L. McDonald, and W. B. Ballard. 1998. Caribou distribution during the post-calving period in relation to infrastructue in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, Alaska. Arctic. 51(2):85-93.

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.

Amstrup, S. C., G. W. Garner, and G. M. Durner. 1995. Polar bears in Alaska. Pages 351-353 in Our living resources. US Dep. Int. Nat. Biol. Service. Washington, DC. 530pp.

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

Amstrup, S. C., and G. M. Durner. 1995. Polar Bear Research in the Beaufort Sea. In Proceedings of the Eleventh working meeting of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialists Group, Copenhagen, Denmark. Edited by O. Wiig, E. W. Born, and G. W. Garner. Occas. Pap. IUCN Spec. Surv. Comm. 10:145-153.

Amstrup, S. C., and G. M. Durner. 1995. Survival of radio-collared polar bears and their dependent young. Canadian Journal of Zoology 73(7):1312-1322.

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.

Amstrup, S. C., and G. M. Durner. 1992. Temporal and geographic variation of maternity denning among polar bears of the Beaufort Sea. 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. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 432 p.

Amstrup, S. C., and G. M. Durner. 1992. Polar bear maternity denning on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. 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. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 432 p.

Amstrup, S. C., and G. M. Durner. 1992. Responses of maternal polar bears to human activities in Alaska. 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. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 432 p.

Websites of Interest

Polar Bear Research

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