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Mayumi L Arimitsu, Ph.D.

Forage fish, seabirds, predator-prey interactions, glacier-marine ecosystems, marine heatwaves, climate change

I lead research to identify factors influencing the status and trends of rare or threatened species on DOI lands, to understand the effects of glacier dynamics on coastal fjord ecosystems, and to document impacts of novel ocean climate patterns on the functioning of marine food webs. As the Pelagic Lead for the Gulf Watch Alaska long-term monitoring program I coordinate research integration across sampling programs for forage fish, marine birds, humpback whale, and killer whales.

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - Present     Research Ecologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Juneau

  • 2007 - 2009          SCEP, USGS Alaska Science Center, Juneau

  • 2001 - 2007           Fishery Biologist USGS Alaska Science Center

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.    2016      University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau, Alaska    Fisheries

  • M.Sc.    2009     University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau, Alaska    Fisheries

  • B.Sc.     1998      U.C. Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California                  Biology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Pacific Seabird Group

  • Kittlitz's Murrelet Technical Committee

  • American Fisheries Society

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 American Fisheries Society invited keynote speaker

  • 2019 Sitka Whalefest invited speaker

  • 2009 and 2010, Best student presentation, North Pacific Research Board

  • 2007 USGS Star Award for Exceptional Performance

  • 2005 USFWS Award of Appreciation, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government