Pam Parker, M.S.

Research Associate


Behavior ecology, population dynamics, and marine conservation.

Pam received her Master ‘s of Science in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Iowa State University in 2000, including a year of course work in Marine Biology while on National Student Exchange at the University of Alaska Southeast.  She joined ASLC as a research intern in 1999 then continued as a Research Technician on projects with wild-caught captive animals that focused on behavioral responses, including common murre and halibut telemetry and crude oil dosing in Harlequin ducks.  In 2001, Pam’s interest in behavioral ecology led to her permanent position at ASLC on the Chiswell Island Remote Monitoring Project of Steller sea lions in Resurrection Bay, AK. Currently, Pam is a Research Associate that manages seasonal staff and is responsible for collecting daily behavioral observations focusing on maternal investment and population dynamics of sea lions in their natural environment.  Pam’s thesis investigated pupping site fidelity among individual female sea lions. Her current objectives include survival of branded animals, male reproductive success, and the effects of individual variation on maternal investment.