Tuula Hollmen, D.V.M, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Research Associate Professor, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Marine ecology, conservation biology, citizen science, decision analysis, One Health
I received my DVM in 1992 and PhD in physiological ecology in 2002, and the same year moved to Alaska to join the UAF and ASLC. I served as the interim director of science for the ASLC during 2010-2015. My research aims to understand adaptations and responses of marine species to environmental change, from interdisciplinary and integrative perspectives, and by applying a variety of experimental and observational research methods. I mostly, but not exclusively, work with marine birds. I am interested in applied ecology and seeking to address conservation and management objectives for marine species.  I’ve served on the spectacled and Steller’s eider recovery teams since 2002. Broadly, I am interested in the interface of environmental, animal, and human health, and shared One Health approaches and ways of knowing to solve challenges. I am also enthusiastic about citizen sciences and participatory research as an approach to data collection and science education.

*Graduate student or post-doctoral researcher

  1. Jaatinen, K., Seltmann, M.W., Hollmén, T.E., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Ost, M. 2013. Context dependency of baseline glucocorticoids as indicators of individual quality in a capital breeder. General and Comparative Endocrinology 191:231-238.
  2. Frost, C.J.*, Hollmén, T.E., Reynolds, J.H. 2013. Trends in annual survival of Steller’s eiders molting at Izembek Lagoon on the Alaska Peninsula, 1993-2006. Arctic 66:173-178.
  3.  Federer, R.N.*, Hollmén, T.E., Esler, D., Wooller, M.J. 2012. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination factors for quantifying spectacled eider nutrient allocation to egg productions. Condor 114(4):726-732.
  4. Seltmann, M.W., Ost, M., Jaatinen, K., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Hollmén, T.E. 2012. Stress responsiveness, age and body condition interactively affect flight initiation distance in breeding female eiders. Animal Behaviour 84: 889-896.
  5. Budge, S.M., Wang, S.W. Hollmén, T.E., Wooller, M.J. 2011. Carbon isotopic fractionation in eider adipose tissue varies with fatty acid structure: implications for trophic studies. The Journal of Experimental Biology 214:3790-3800.
  6.  Hollmén, T.E., DebRoy, C., Flint, P.L., Safine, D.E., Schamber, J., Riddle, A., Trust, K. 2011. Molecular typing of Escherichia coli strains associated with threatened sea ducks and near-shore marine habitats of southwest Alaska. Environmental Microbiology Reports 3(2):262-269.
  7. Latty, C.J.*, Hollmén, T.E., Petersen, M.R., Powell, A.N., Andrews, R.A. 2010. Abdominally implanted transmitters with percutaneous antennas affect the dive performance of common eiders. Condor 112:314-322.
  8. Federer, R.N.*, Hollmén, T.E., Esler, D., Wooller, M.J., Wang, S.W. 2010. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination factors from diet to blood plasma, cellular blood, feathers, and adipose tissue fatty acids in spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri). Canadian Journal of Zoology 88:866-874.
  9. Wang, S.W., Hollmén, T.E., Iverson, S.J. 2010. Validating quantitative fatty acid signature analysis to estimate diets of spectacled and Steller’s eiders (Somateria fischeri and Polysticta stelleri). Journal of Comparative Physiology B 180:125-139.
  10. Lehikoinen, A., Őst, M., Hollmén, T., and M. Kilpi. 2008. Does sex-specific duckling mortality contribute to male bias in adult common eiders? Condor 110:574-578.
  11. Nilsson, P.*, Hollmén, T., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Tuomi, P., Esler, D., Mulcahy, D, and D. Rizzolo. 2008. Effects of ACTH, capture, and short term confinement on glucocorticoid concentrations in harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 149:275-283.
  12. Miles, K., Flint, P., Trust, K., Ricca, M., Spring, S., Arrieta, D., Hollmén, T., and B. Wilson. 2007. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure in Steller’s eiders and harlequin ducks in the eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:2694-2703.
  13. Franson, J.C., Hoffman, D.J., Wells-Berlin, A.M., Perry, M.C., Shearn-Bochsler, V., Finley, D.L., Flint, P.L., and T. Hollmén. 2007. Effects of dietary Selenium on tissue concentrations, pathology, oxidative stress, and immune function in common eiders (Somateria mollissima). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 70:861-874.
  14. Őst, M., E. Vitikainen, P. Waldeck, L. SundstrÅ‘m, K. LindstrÅ‘m, T. Hollmén, J.C. Franson, and M. Kilpi. 2005. Eider females form non-kin brood-rearing coalitions. Molecular Ecology 14:3903-3908.
  15. Skerratt, L.F.*, J.C. Franson, C.U. Meteyer, and T.E. Hollmén. 2005. Causes of mortality in sea ducks (Mergini) necropsied at the USGS-National Wildlife Health Center. Waterbirds 28(2): 193-207.
  16. Matson, C.W., J.C. Franson, T. Hollmén, M. Kilpi, M. Hario, P.L. Flint, and J.W. Bickham. 2004. Evidence of chromosomal damage in Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) from the Baltic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 49:1066-1071.
  17. Franson, J.C., T. Hollmén, P.L. Flint, J.B. Grand, and R.B. Lanctot. 2004. Contaminants in molting long-tailed ducks and nesting common eiders in the Beaufort Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 48:504-513.
  18. Hollmén, T., J.C. Franson, P.L. Flint, J.B. Grand, R.B. Lanctot, D.E. Docherty, and H.M. Wilson. 2003. An adenovirus linked to mortality and disease in long-tailed ducks in Alaska. Avian Diseases 47:173-179.
  19. Hollmén, T., J.C. Franson, M. Kilpi, D.E. Docherty, W.R. Hansen, and M. Hario. 2002. Isolation and characterization of a reovirus from common eiders (Somateria mollissima) from Finland. Avian Diseases 46:478-484.
  20. Hollmén, T., J.C. Franson, M. Hario, S. Sankari, M. Kilpi, and K. Lindström. 2001. Use of serum biochemistry to evaluate nutritional status and health of incubating common eiders (Somateria mollissima) in Finland. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 74:333-342.
  21. Hollmén, T., J.C. Franson, D.E. Docherty, M. Kilpi, M. Hario, L.H. Creekmore, and M. Petersen. 2000. Infectious bursal disease virus antibodies in eider ducks and herring gulls. Condor 102:688-691.