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    Alyson H. Fleming
    James Smithson Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. (Biological Oceanography): University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2013
B.S. (Biology) Tufts University, 2004

Research Interests

I am interested in cetacean population structure and climate-prey-predator relationships in the marine environment. In my doctoral research I utilized a combination of stable isotope analysis, habitat modeling and acoustics to examine ecological drivers of cetacean population structure. I am also interested in the intersection of science and policy, and worked with the Department of State's Office of Marine Conservation as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.

Here at the Smithsonian, my research is examining the historical ecology of Arctic cetaceans using NMNH collections of baleen, teeth, and bone, as a way to predict potential future trajectories of these species in light of a changing climate. As a Smithson Fellow, I hope to connect Smithsonian science with US government and NGO partners to better inform the development of sustainable Arctic policy.

Recent Publications

Fleming, A. H., Clark, C. T., Calambokidis, J., Barlow, J. In press. Humpback whale diets respond to variance in ocean climate and ecosystem conditions in the California Current. Global Change Biology.

Fleming, A. H. 2013. Characterizing population structure of cetaceans within an ecological context. Doctoral dissertation. University of California, San Diego.

Fleming, A. H., Jackson, J. 2011. Global review of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). NOAA Technical Memorandum. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-474, 206 pp.

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