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Anthony S. Fischbach

Title: Wildlife Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7145
Fax: (907) 786-7150

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Education and/or Training

M.A.1994University of Texas, Austin, TXEcology
B.S.1989University of Wisconsin, Madison, WIMolecular Biology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Population monitoring and modeling; applying population biology to problems of conservation and subsistence; managing records of population biology field work. Walrus Research Program

Professional Experience

2004 - PresentWildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2003 - 2004Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak, Alaska
1999 - 2003Wildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1998 - 1999Wildlife Biologist, Marine Mammals Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska
1997 - 1999 (summers)Volunteer Wildlife Biologist, Tongass Bat Habitat Project, U.S. Forest Service, Thorne Bay, Alaska
1996 - 1998Biological Technician / Walrus Harvest Monitor, Marine Mammals Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska
1995 - 1996Volunteer, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Soldotna, Alaska

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Arctic Institute of North America

Honors and/or Awards

1989-1990 Fulbright Scholar, Bayreuth, Germany

Significant Recent Publications

Jay, C. V., J. M. Grebmeier, A. S. Fischbach, T. L. McDonald, L. W. Cooper, and F. Hornsby. 2014. Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) resource selection in the northern Bering Sea. PLoS One 9(4):e93035. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093035

Jay, C. V., A. S. Fischbach, and A. A. Kochnev. 2012. Walrus areas of use in the Chukchi Sea during sparse sea ice cover. Marine Ecology Progress Series 468:1-13. doi: 10.3354/meps10057

Sonsthagen, S. A., C. V. Jay, A. S. Fischbach, G. K. Sage, and S. L. Talbot. 2012. Spatial genetic structure and asymmetrical gene flow within the Pacific walrus. Journal of Mammalogy 93(6):1512-1524. doi: 10.1644/11-MAMM-A-344.1

Jay, C. V., M. S. Udevitz, R. Kwok, A. S. Fischbach, and D. C. Douglas. 2010. Divergent movements of walrus and sea ice in the northern Bering Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 407:293-302.

Speckman, S. G., V. I. Chernook, D. M. Burn, M. S. Udevitz, A. A. Kochnev, A. Vasilev, C. V. Jay, A. Lisovsky, A. S. Fischbach, and R. B. Benter. 2010. Results and evaluation of a survey to estimate Pacific walrus population size, 2006. Marine Mammal Science 27: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00419.x (Russian version - 2.3 mb pdf)

Udevitz M. S., C. V. Jay, A. S. Fischbach, and J. L. Garlich-Miller. 2009. Modeling haul-out behavior of walruses in Bering Sea ice. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87:1111-1128.

Fischbach, A.S., D.H. Monson, and C.V. Jay. 2009. Enumeration of Pacific walrus carcasses on beaches of the Chukchi Sea in Alaska following a mortality event, September 2009. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1291:10.

Fischbach, A. S., C. V. Jay, J. V. Jackson, L. W. Andersen, G. K. Sage, and S. L. Talbot. 2008. Molecular method for determining sex of walruses: Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1808-1812.

Fischbach, A. S., S. C. Amstrup, and D. C. Douglas. 2007. Landward and eastward shift of Alaskan polar bear denning associated with recent sea ice changes. Polar Biology 30(11):1395-1405. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-007-0300-4

Udevitz, M. S., C. V. Jay, A. S. Fischbach, and J. L. Garlich-Miller. 2007. Adjusting for telemetry bias in behavior data. Annual Meeting of the Alaska Chapter of the American Statistical Association, 24-26 July, Anchorage, Alaska

Jay, C. V., M. P. Heide-Jørgensen, A. S. Fischbach, M. V. Jensen, D. F. Tessler, and A. V. Jensen. 2006. Comparison of remotely deployed satellite radio transmitters on walruses. Marine Mammal Science 22(1):226-236.

Talbot, S. L., J. R. Gust, G. K. Sage, A. Fischbach, K. Amstrup, W. Leacock, and L. Van Daele. 2005. Genetic characterization of brown bears of the Kodiak Archipelago. Unpublished Report. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage

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.

Evans, T. J., A. S. Fischbach, S. Schliebe, B. Manly, S. B. Kalxdorff, and G. S. York. 2003. Polar bear aerial survey in the eastern Chukchi Sea: A pilot study. Arctic 56(4):356-366.

Brower, C. D., A. Carpenter, M. L. Branigan, W. Calvert, T. J. Evans, A. S. Fischbach, J. A. Nagy, S. Schliebe, and I. Stirling. 2002. Polar bear management agreement for the southern Beaufort Sea: An evaluation of the first ten years of a unique conservation agreement. Arctic 55(4):362-372.

Schliebe, S. L., T. J. Evans, A. S. Fischbach, M. A. Cronin. 1999. Using genetics to verify sex of harvested polar bears: Management implications. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:592-597.

Fischbach, A. S., D. Burn, and S.C. Amstrup. 1999. Modeling the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear stock. Focus on the Future- Alaska Environmental Studies. Proceedings of the Alaska OCS Region Information Transfer Meeting.

Conti, E., A. S. Fischbach, K. J. Sytsma.1993. Tribal relationships in Onagraceae: Implications from rbcL sequence data (in rbcL sequence data and phylogenetic reconstruction in seed plants). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 80: 672-685.

Websites of Interest

Walrus Research Program
Polar Bear Research

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