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Vanessa von Biela

Title: Research Fish 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.2015University 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

Websites of Interest

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


Total pubs: 14

Burril, S. E., V. R. von Biela, N. Hillgruber, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2018. Energy allocation and feeding ecology of juvenile chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) during transition from freshwater to saltwater. Polar Biology 41(7):1447-1461. doi:10.1007/s00300-018-2297-2 [Details] [Full Publication]

von Biela, V. R., S. D. Newsome, J. L. Bodkin, G. H. Kruse, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2016. Widespread kelp-derived carbon in pelagic and benthic nearshore fishes suggested by stable isotope analysis. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 181:364-374. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2016.08.039 [Details] [Full Publication]

von Biela, V. R., C. E. Zimmerman, G. H. Kruse, F. J. Mueter, B. A. Black, D. C. Douglas, and J. L. Bodkin. 2016. Influence of basin- and local-scale environmental conditions on nearshore production in the northeast Pacific Ocean. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 8:502-521. doi:10.1080/19425120.2016.1194919 [Details] [Full Publication]

von Biela, V. R., G. H. Kruse, F. J. Mueter, B. A. Black, D. C. Douglas, T. E. Hesler, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2015. Evidence of bottom-up limitations in nearshore marine systems based on otolith proxies of fish growth. Marine Biology 162(5):1019-1031. doi:10.1007/s00227-015-2645-5 [Details] [Full Publication]

von Biela, V. R., S. D. Newsome, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2015. Examining the utility of bulk otolith δ13C to describe diet in wild-caught black rockfish (Sebastes melanops). Aquatic Biology 23(3):201-208. doi:10.3354/ab00621 [Details] [Full Publication]

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. doi:10.1007/s00300-012-1244-x [Details] [Full Publication]

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 [Details] [Full Publication]

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(1):39-56. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02832.x [Details] [Full Publication]

von Biela, V. R., V. A. Gill, J. L. Bodkin, and J. M. Burns. 2009. Phenotypic plasticity in age at first reproduction of female northern sea otters. Journal of Mammalogy 90(5):1224-1231. [Details] [Full Publication]

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 73(3):618-624. doi:10.2193/2007-218 [Details] [Full Publication]

Nielsen, J. L., C. E. Zimmerman, A. M. Ramey, S. L. Graziano, and V. R. 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 submitted to MMS OCS Program, 51 p. [Details]

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

von Biela, V. R. and V. A. Gill. 2007. Analysis of the sea otter (Enhydra lutris) reproductive tract: A methods manual. US Fish and Wildlife Internal Report 2007-02. [Details]

von Biela, V. R. 2007. Evaluating and comparing reproductive parameters of northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) in Alaska. Thesis, University of Alaska, Anchorage, USA. [Details]

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