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John M. Pearce

Title: Supv. Wildlife Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7094
Fax: (907) 786-7021
Email: jpearce@usgs.gov

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Education and/or Training

Ph.D.2008University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AKBiology
M.S.1996University of Idaho, Moscow, IDZoology
B.S.1990Lewis and Clark College, Portland, ORBiology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Since 1990, I have worked at the Alaska Science Center (ASC-BSO) as a wildlife biologist on a variety of bird projects focusing on species of shorebird, waterfowl, and landbird. Since 1994, I have worked in the ASC-BSO Molecular Ecology Laboratory in order to add a genetics component to our study of wild birds. Currently, we use nuclear and mitochondrial DNA markers to: investigate differences among breeding and wintering populations of birds; examine behaviors and movements of birds; and apply results from these studies to the monitoring of wild bird species.

Professional Experience

2011 - presentChief, Wetlands and Terrestrial Ecology Branch, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1999 - 2011Wildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1997 - 1999Geneticist, USGS, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1990 - 1997Biological Science Technician, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Biological Service, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Ornithologists' Union
Cooper Ornithological Society

Honors and/or Awards

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey performance awards in 1991-1995, 1997-1998 and 2000-2011 for contributions made during field and laboratory projects.

Websites of Interest

Sea Duck Research at the Alaska Science Center
Using satellite telemetry to assess the potential for virus movement across continents: Northern Pintails (Anas acuta) as a test species
Banding and Radio Telemetry Program

Publications

Total pubs: 59

Talbot, S. L., S. A. Sonsthagen, J. M. Pearce, and K. T. Scribner. 2015. Phylogenetics, phylogeographic and population genetics of North American sea ducks. Pages 29-58 in Ecology and Conservation of North American Sea Ducks (J-P.L. Savard, D.V. Derksen, D. Esler, and J.M. Eadie, eds.). Studies in Avian Biology [Details]

Van Hemert, C. R., J. M. Pearce, and C. M. Handel. 2014. Wildlife health in a rapidly changing north: Focus on avian disease. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment In Press. [Details]

Pearce, J. M., J. M. Eadie, J-P. L. Savard, T. K. Christensen, J. Berdeen, E. J. Taylor, S. Boyd, A. Einarsson, and S. L. Talbot. 2014. Comparative population structure of cavity-nesting sea ducks. The Auk 131(2):195-207. doi:10.1642/AUK-13-071.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Tape, K. D., J. M. Pearce, D. Walworth, B. W. Meixell, T. F. Fondell, D. D. Gustine, P. L. Flint, J. W. Hupp, J. A. Schmutz, and D. H. Ward. 2014. Historical and contemporary imagery to assess ecosystem change on the Arctic coastal plain of northern Alaska. USGS Open-File Report 2014-1140, 22 p. doi:10.3133/ofr20141140 [Details] [Full Publication]

Uher-Koch, B. D., J. A. Schmutz, M. E. Whalen, and J. M. Pearce. 2014. Changing Arctic ecosystems - Ecology of loons in a changing Arctic. USGS Fact Sheet 2014–3093, 2 p. doi:10.3133/fs20143093 [Details] [Full Publication]

Flint, P. L., M. E. Whalen, and J. M. Pearce. 2014. Changing Arctic ecosystems - Sea ice decline, permafrost thaw, and benefits for geese. USGS Fact Sheet 2014–3088, 2 p. doi:10.3133/fs20143088 [Details] [Full Publication]

Shimada, T., N. Yamaguchi, N. Hijikata, E. N. Hiraoka, J. W. Hupp, P. L. Flint, K. Tokita, G. Fujita, K. Uchida, F. Sato, M. Kurechi, and J. M. Pearce. 2014. Satellite tracking of the migration of Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus wintering in Japan. Ornithological Science In Press. [Details]

Gustine, D. D., L. G. Adams, M. E. Whalen, and J. M. Pearce. 2014. Changing Arctic Ecosystems–Resilience of caribou to climatic shifts in the Arctic. USGS Fact Sheet 2014-3103, 2 p. doi:10.3133/fs20143103 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ely, C. R., J. S. Hall, J. A. Schmutz, J. M. Pearce, and J. Terenzi. 2013. Evidence that life history characteristics of wild birds influence infection and exposure to Influenza A viruses. PLoS One 8(3):e57614. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057614 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R., J. M. Pearce, K. L. Oakley, and M. E. Whalen. 2013. Wildlife Disease and Environmental Health in Alaska. USGS Fact Sheet 2013-3027, 4p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Reeves, A. B., J. M. Pearce, A. M. Ramey, C. R. Ely, J. A. Schmutz, P. L. Flint, D. V. Derksen, H. S. Ip, and K. A. Trust. 2013. Genomic analysis of avian influenza viruses from waterfowl in Western Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(3):600-610. doi:10.7589/2012-04-108 [Details] [Full Publication]

Walworth, D. and J. M. Pearce. 2013. Changing Arctic Ecosystems - Application of Data Modeling as a Tool for Communication and Data Integration. US Geological Survey. Retrieved from http://www.usgs.gov/core_science_systems/access/summer_2013/article-8.html [Details] [Full Publication]

McNew, L. B., C. M. Handel, J. M. Pearce, A. R. DeGange, L. E. Holland-Bartels, and M. E. Whalen. 2013. Changing Arctic Ecosystems - The role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal-Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations. USGS Fact Sheet 2013-3054, 2 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Yamaguchi, N., J. W. Hupp, P. L. Flint, J. M. Pearce, Y. Shigeta, T. Shimada, E. N. Hiraoka, and H. Higuchi. 2012. Habitat use and movement patterns of Northern Pintails during spring migration in northern Japan: the importance of agricultural lands. Journal of Field Ornithology 83(2):141-153. doi:10.1111/j.1557-9263.2012.00364.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Millen, H. T., J. C. Gonnering, R. K. Berg, S. K. Spencer, W. E. Jokela, J. M. Pearce, J. S. Borchardt, and M. A. Borchardt. 2012. Glass wool filters for concentrating waterborne viruses and agricultural zoonotic pathogens. Journal of Visualized Experiments 61:e3930. [Details]

Tsukamoto, K., P. C. Javier, M. Shishido, D. Noguchi, J. M. Pearce, H-M. Kang, O. M. Jeong, Y-J. Lee, K. Nakanishi, and T. Ashizawa. 2012. SYBR green based real-time reverse transcriptase PCR for typing and subtyping of all hemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes of avian influenza viruses and comparison to standard serological subtyping tests. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 50:37-45. doi:10.1128/JCM.01195-11 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ramey, A. M., C. R. Ely, J. A. Schmutz, J. M. Pearce, and D. J. Heard. 2012. Molecular detection of hematozoa infections in tundra swans relative to migration patterns and ecological conditions at breeding grounds. PLoS One 7(9):e45789. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045789 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., A. R. DeGange, P. L. Flint, T. F. Fondell, D. D. Gustine, L. E. Holland-Bartels, A. G. Hope, J. W. Hupp, J. C. Koch, J. A. Schmutz, S. L. Talbot, D. H. Ward, and M. E. Whalen. 2012. Changing Arctic Ecosystems - Measuring and forecasting the response of Alaska's terrestrial ecosystem to a warming climate. USGS Fact Sheet 2012-3144, 4 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., D. R. Ruthrauff, and J. S. Hall. 2012. Paired serological and RRT-PCR analysis of avian influenza prevalence in Alaskan shorebirds. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(3):812-814. [Details] [Full Publication]

Peters, J. L., K. A. Bolender, and J. M. Pearce. 2012. Behavioral vs. molecular sources of conflict between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA: the role of male-biased dispersal in a Holarctic sea duck. Molecular Ecology 21:3562-3575. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05612.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Reeves, A. B., J. M. Pearce, A. M. Ramey, B. W. Meixell, and J. A. Runstadler. 2011. Interspecies transmission and limited persistence of low pathogenic avian influenza genomes among Alaska dabbling ducks. Infection, Genetics, and Evolution 11(8):2004-2010. doi:10.1016/j.meegid.2011.09.011 [Details] [Full Publication]

Solovyeva, D. and J. M. Pearce. 2011. Comparative mitochondrial genetics of North American and Eurasian mergansers with an emphasis on the endangered scaly-sided merganser (Mergus squamatus). Conservation Genetics 12:839-844. doi:10.1007/s10592-010-0180-y [Details] [Full Publication]

Hupp, J. W., N. Yamaguchi, P. L. Flint, J. M. Pearce, K. Tokita, T. Shimada, A. M. Ramey, S. Kharitonov, and H. Higuchi. 2011. Variation in spring migration routes and breeding distribution of Northern Pintails Anas acuta that winter in Japan. Journal of Avian Biology 42:289-300. doi:10.1111/j.1600-048X.2011.05320.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., A. B. Reeves, A. M. Ramey, J. W. Hupp, H. S. Ip, M. J. Bertram, M. J. Petrula, B. D. Scotton, K. A. Trust, B. W. Meixell, and J. A. Runstadler. 2011. Interspecific exchange of avian influenza virus genes in Alaska: The influence of trans-hemispheric migratory tendency and breeding ground sympatry. Molecular Ecology 20(5):1015-1025. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04908.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Ramey, A. M., J. M. Pearce, A. B. Reeves, J. C. Franson, M. R. Petersen, and H. S. Ip. 2011. Evidence for limited exchange of avian influenza viruses between seaducks and dabbling ducks at Alaska Peninsula coastal lagoons. Archives of Virology 156:1813-1821. doi:10.1007/s00705-011-1059-z [Details] [Full Publication]

Yamaguchi, N., J. W. Hupp, H. Higuchi, P. L. Flint, and J. M. Pearce. 2010. Satellite-tracking of Northern Pintail Anas acuta during outbreaks of the H5N1 virus in Japan: Implications for virus spread. Ibis 152:262-271. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., A. M. Ramey, H. S. Ip, and R. E. Gill, Jr.. 2010. Limited evidence of trans-hemispheric movement of avian influenza viruses among contemporary North American shorebird isolates. Virus Research 148(1-2):44-50. doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2009.12.002 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ramey, A. M., J. M. Pearce, C. R. Ely, L. M. Sheffield Guy, D. B. Irons, D. V. Derksen, and H. S. Ip. 2010. Transmission and reassortment of avian influenza viruses at the Asian - North American interface. Virology 406(2):352-359. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2010.07.031 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ramey, A. M., J. M. Pearce, P. L. Flint, H. S. Ip, D. V. Derksen, J. C. Franson, M. J. Petrula, B. D. Scotton, K. M. Sowl, M. L. Wege, and K. A. Trust. 2010. Intercontinental reassortment and genomic variation of low pathogenic avian influenza viruses isolated from Northern Pintails (Anas acuta) in Alaska: Examining the evidence through space and time. Virology 401(2):179-189. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2010.02.006 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. and M. R. Petersen. 2009. Post-fledging movements of juvenile Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) in Alaska as inferred by satellite telemetry. Waterbirds 32:133-137. [Details]

Pearce, J. M., A. M. Ramey, P. L. Flint, A. V. Koehler, J. P. Fleskes, J. C. Franson, J. S. Hall, D. V. Derksen, and H. S. Ip. 2009. Avian influenza at both ends of a migratory flyway: Characterizing viral genomic diversity to optimize surveillance plans for North America. Evolutionary Applications 2(4):457-468. doi:10.1111/j.1752-4571.2009.00071.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Flint, P. L., P. Ozaki, J. M. Pearce, B. M. Guzzetti, H. Higuchi, J. P. Fleskes, T. Shimada, and D. V. Derksen. 2009. Breeding season sympatry in Northern Pintails facilitates genetic exchange among allopatric wintering populations in Japan and California. Condor 111(4):591-598. doi:10.1525/cond.2009.090100 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., K. G. McCracken, T. K. Christensen, and Y. N. Zhuravlev. 2009. Migratory patterns and population structure among breeding and wintering Red-breasted (Mergus serrator) and Common mergansers (M. merganser). The Auk 126:784-789. doi:10.1525/auk.2009.08182 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., D. Zwiefelhofer, and N. Maryanski. 2009. Mechanisms of population heterogeneity among molting Common Mergansers on Kodiak Island, Alaska: Implications for genetic assessments of migratory connectivity. Condor 111:283-293. doi:10.1525/cond.2009.080043 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ip, H. S., P. L. Flint, J. C. Franson, R. J. Dusek, D. V. Derksen, R. E. Gill, Jr., C. R. Ely, J. M. Pearce, R. B. Lanctot, S. M. Matsuoka, D. B. Irons, J. B. Fischer, R. M. Oates, M. R. Petersen, T. F. Fondell, D. A. Rocque, J. C. Pedersen, and T. C. Rothe. 2008. Prevalence of influenza A viruses in wild migratory birds in Alaska: Patterns of variation in detection at the crossroads of international flyways. Virology Journal 5:71. doi:10.1186/1743-422x-5-71 [Details] [Full Publication]

Koehler, A. V., J. M. Pearce, H. S. Ip, P. L. Flint, and J. C. Franson. 2008. Genetic evidence of intercontinental dispersal of avian influenza by a migratory bird: the Northern Pintail (Anas acuta). Molecular Ecology 17:4754-4762. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294x.2008.03953.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., P. Blums, and M. S. Lindberg. 2008. Site fidelity is an inconsistent determinant in population structure of the Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus): evidence from genetic, mark-recapture, and comparative data. The Auk 125:711-722. doi:10.1525/auk.2008.07154 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. 2007. Philopatry: A return to origins. The Auk 124:1085-1087. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2007)124[1085:PARTO]2.0.CO;2 [Details] [Full Publication]

Hupp, J. W., J. M. Pearce, D. M. Mulcahy, and D. A. Miller. 2006. Effects of abdominally implanted radiotransmitters with percutaneous antennas on migration, reproduction and survival of Canada Geese. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(3):812-822. doi:10.2193/0022-541X(2006)70[812:EOAIRW]2.0.CO;2 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. and S. L. Talbot. 2006. Demography, genetics, and the value of mixed messages. Condor 108(2):474-479. doi:10.1650/0010-5422(2006)108[474:DGATVO]2.0.CO;2 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. 2006. Minding the gap: frequency of indels in mtDNA control region sequence data and influence on population genetic analyses. Molecular Ecology 15:333-341. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2005.02781.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., S. L. Talbot, M. R. Petersen, and J. R. Rearick. 2005. Limited genetic differentiation among breeding, molting, and wintering groups of the threatened Steller's eiders: The role of historic and contemporary factors. Conservation Genetics 6(5):743-757. doi:10.1007/s10592-005-9034-4 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., J. A. Reed, and P. L. Flint. 2005. Geographic variation in survival and migratory tendency among North American Common mergansers. Journal of Field Ornithology 76:109-216. doi:10.1648/0273-8570-76.2.109 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., S. L. Talbot, B. J. Pierson, M. R. Petersen, K. T. Scribner, D. L. Dickson, and A. Mosbech. 2004. Lack of spatial genetic structure among nesting and wintering king eiders. Condor 106(2):229-240. [Details] [Full Publication]

Scribner, K. T., S. L. Talbot, J. M. Pearce, B. J. Pierson, K. S. Bollinger, and D. V. Derksen. 2003. Phylogeography of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) in western North America. The Auk 120(3):889-907. [Details] [Full Publication]

Hupp, J. W., G. A. Ruhl, J. M. Pearce, D. M. Mulcahy, and M. A. Tomeo. 2003. Effects of abdominally-implanted radio transmitters with percutaneous antennas on behaviors of Canada Geese. Journal of Field Ornithology 74(3):250-256. doi:10.1002/jwmg.220 [Details] [Full Publication]

Talbot, S. L., J. M. Pearce, B. J. Pierson, D. V. Derksen, and K. T. Scribner. 2003. Molecular status of the Dusky Canada Goose (Branta canadensis occidentalis): A genetic assessment of a translocation effort. Conservation Genetics 4(3):367-381. doi:10.1023/A:1024041702616 [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. and K. S. Bollinger. 2003. Morphological traits of Pacific Flyway Canada Geese to aid idenfiticaion and mangement. Journal of Field Ornithology 74(4):357-369. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. 2002. First record of a Greater Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) in Alaska. Western Birds 33(2):121-122. [Details] [Full Publication]

Scribner, K. T., M. R. Petersen, R. L. Fields, S. L. Talbot, J. M. Pearce, and R. K. Chesser. 2001. Sex-biased gene flow in Spectacled Eiders (Anatidae): infereces from molecular markers with contrasting modes of inheritance. Evolution 55(10):2105-2115. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pierson, B. J., J. M. Pearce, S. L. Talbot, G. F. Shields, and K. T. Scribner. 2000. Molecular genetic status of Aleutian Canada geese from Buldir and the Semidi Islands, Alaska. Condor 102(1):172-180. [Details] [Full Publication]

Scribner, K. T. and J. M. Pearce. 2000. Microsatellites: evolutionary and methodological background and empirical applications at individual, population, and phylogenetic levels. Pages 235-273 in A. Baker (ed.). Molecular Methods in Ecology. Blackwell Science, Ltd., Oxford, UK. [Details]

Pearce, J. M., B. J. Pierson, S. L. Talbot, D. V. Derksen, D. K. Kraege, and K. T. Scribner. 2000. A genetic evaluation of morphology used to identify harvested Canada geese. Journal of Wildlife Management 64(3):863-874. [Details] [Full Publication]

Degtyarev, A. G., S. M. Sleptsov, S. P. Troev, J. M. Pearce, and M. R. Petersen. 1999. Status and biology of the Steller's eider in Yakutia, Russia. Casarca 5:249-262. [Details]

Buchholz, W., J. M. Pearce, B. J. Pierson, and K. T. Scribner. 1998. Dincleotide repeat polymorphisms in waterfowl (family Anatidae): characterization of a sex-linked (Z-specific) and 14 autosomal loci. Animal Genetics 29:323-325. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., D. Esler, and A. G. Degtyarev. 1998. Birds of the Indigirka River Delta, Russia: historical and biogeographic comparisons. Arctic 51:361-370. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., D. Esler, and A. G. Degtyarev. 1998. Nesting ecology of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) on the Indigirka River Delta, Russia. Wildfowl 49:110-123. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M., R. L. Fields, and K. T. Scribner. 1997. Nest materials as a source of genetic data for avian ecological studies. Journal of Field Ornithology 68(3):471-481. [Details] [Full Publication]

Pearce, J. M. 1996. Nest site selection and philopatry by felmale spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) on the Indigirka River Delta, Russia. Thesis, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA. [Details]

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