Alyson H. Fleming, Adjunct Research Faculty

Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC – San Diego, 2013

B.S., Tufts University, 2004

Myrtle Grove 1051, (910) 962-7302, Center for Marine Science,5600 Marvin K Moss Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409-5928,

Research Interests

My primary research focuses on cetacean ecology and climate change biology. I’m interested in using top predators as indicators of their ecosystems, past and present. I use a combination of field work methods to study contemporary populations and museum collection work to study historical populations.

In addition to scientific research, I frequently work at the intersection of the science and policy realms. I’m particularly interested in international marine conservation and policy and in improving communication between scientists and resource managers.

Selected Publications

Fleming AH, Kellar NM, Allen CD, Kurle CM (2018) The utility of combining stable isotope and hormone analyses for marine megafauna research. Frontiers in Marine Science. 5:338. 

Fleming AH, Yack TM, Redfern JV, Becker EA, Moore TJ, Barlow J (2018) Comparing acoustic and visual habitat models of Dall’s porpoise in the California Current. Ecological Modelling. 384: 198-208. 

Fleming AH, Pyenson ND (2017) How to Produce Translational Research to Guide Arctic Policy. BioScience. 67(6): 490-493.

Clark CT, Fleming AH, Calambokidis J, Kellar NM, Allen CD, Catelani KN, Robbins M, Beaulieu NE, Steel D, Harvey JT (2016) Heavy with child? Pregnancy status and stable isotope ratios as determined from skin biopsies of humpback whales. Conservation Physiology. 4 (1): 1-13.

Fleming AH, Clark CT, Calambokidis J, Barlow J (2016) Humpback whale diets respond to variance in ocean climate and ecosystem conditions in the California Current. Global Change Biology. 22(3): 1214-1224.

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