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Vanessa von Biela

Title: Research Fishery Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7073
Fax: (907) 786-7150

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Education and/or Training

Ph.D.CurrentUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks, AKFisheries
M.S.2007University of Alaska, Anchorage, AKBiological Sciences
B.S.2004University of California, Santa Barbara, CAZoology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Aquatic ecology; environmental impacts on growth; population dynamics; life history; physiological ecology; phenotypic plasticity

Professional Experience

2011- PresentResearch Fishery Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2007 - 2010Fishery Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2005 - 2007Research Assistant, University of Alaska Anchorage
2007Marine Mammal and Bird Observer, USFWS
2006Marine Mammal Observer, LGL Alaska Research
2004 - 2005Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Anchorage
2003 - 2004Rehabilitation Supervisor, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center
2003 - 2004Hearst Scholar, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
American Fisheries Society
Society of Marine Mammalogy
The Wildlife Society
2005-2006 Student Representitive, UAA Graduate Academic Board
2005-2007 Chair, UAA Graduate Student Association

Honors and/or Awards

2009 Star (Special Thanks for Achievement) Award from USGS Biology Chief 2008 USGS Performance Award 2007 Graduate Hooding Ceremony invited speaker
2006 NSF EPSCoR Student Travel Award
2006 Kodiak Whalefest invited speaker
2005 NSF EPSCoR Student Travel Award

Significant Recent Publications

Black, B. A., V. R. von Biela, C. E. Zimmerman, and R. J. Brown. 2013. Lake trout otolith chronologies as multidecadal indicators of high-latitude freshwater ecosystems. Polar Biology 36(1):147-153. doi: 10.1007/s00300-012-1245-9

von Biela, V. R., C. E. Zimmerman, B. R. Cohn, and J. M. Welker. 2013. Terrestrial and marine trophic pathways support young-of-year growth in a nearshore Arctic fish. Polar Biology 36(1):137-146. Published online 14 September 2012. doi:10.1007/s00300-012-1244-x

von Biela, V. R., C .E. Zimmerman, and L. L. Moulton. 2011. Long-term increases in young-of-the-year growth of Arctic cisco (Coregonus autumnalis) and environmental influences. Journal of Fish Biology 78:39-56.

von Biela, V. R., V. A. Gill, J. L. Bodkin, and J. M. Burns. 2009. Phenotypic plasticity in the average age of first reproduction in northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). Journal of Mammalogy 90(5):1224-1231.

Nielsen, J. L., C. Zimmerman, A. Ramey, S. Graziano, and V. von Biela. 2008. Testing molecular and otolith tools to investigate population of origin and migration in Arctic cisco found in the Colville River, Alaska.Technical Report to MMS OCS Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, AK. 51 pp.

von Biela, V. R., J. W. Testa, V. A. Gill and J. M. Burns.  2008.  Evaluating cementum to determine past reproduction in northern sea otters.  Journal of Wildlife Management 72(3):618-624.

Proper J., von Biela V. R., and J. Burns 2007. Determining the pattern of cementum annuli and relationship to reproduction in male sea otters. Ethnicity and Disease 17 (Suppl. 5): 45-47.

von Biela, V. R. and V. A. Gill. 2007 Analysis of the sea otter (Enhydra lutris) reproductive tract: A methods manual. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Internal Report 2007-02. Anchorage, Alaska.

von Biela, V. R. 2007. Evaluating and comparing reproductive parameters of northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) in Alaska. M.S. Thesis. University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK.

Websites of Interest

Fish and Aquatic Ecology Research at the Alaska Science Center
Pacific Nearshore Project

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