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dc.contributor.authorTibbles, Marguerite
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-08T00:30:41Z
dc.date.available2019-06-08T00:30:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/10351
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018en_US
dc.description.abstractLagoons are zones of habitat transitions between freshwater and marine ecosystems, providing safe and productive feeding habitats for whitefishes in Northwest Alaska, important to subsistence users in the region. However, many important lagoon processes are not understood. Therefore, the goal of this thesis was to gain a baseline understanding of two important seasonal processes of lagoons in Northwest Alaska. First, I attempted to identify environmental processes correlated with Arctic lagoon breaching for three indicator lagoons that represent a range of environmental characteristics using generalized linear models (GLM) in an information theoretic approach and model averaging. Second, I developed a habitat suitability (HS) model to identify the range of physical conditions that whitefishes may experience if overwintering under ice of these lagoons during the Arctic winter, for the same three lagoons. The GLM model suggested that lagoon breaching day of year was slightly negatively related to day of year of river break-up, but other unconditional confidence intervals for the covariate parameters overlapped zero indicating considerable uncertainty in these estimates. Further data collection and monitoring in the region is needed to improve and verify lagoon breaching modelling results. The HS model indicated that lagoons have reduced suitability as whitefish habitat in winter due to loss of habitat due to the presence of bottomfast ice and a reduction of liquid water quality due to cold temperatures, high salinities and low dissolved oxygen levels. Importantly, small lagoons without freshwater inputs were potential sinks for fish populations. The results from this research will help the National Park Service and the Native Village of Kotzebue in a joint effort to understand and manage these important habitats that are critical for subsistence fisheries as the Arctic faces an uncertain future with climate change, oil spill threats, and increased coastal development.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Biomedical Learning and Student Training group, National Park Service, Wildlife Conservation Society and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciencesen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectlagoon ecologyen_US
dc.subjectlagoonsen_US
dc.subjectwhitefishesen_US
dc.subjecthabitaten_US
dc.subjectwinteringen_US
dc.subjectenvironmenten_US
dc.subjectNorthwest Alaskaen_US
dc.titleThe seasonal dynamics of coastal Arctic lagoons in Northwest Alaskaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemsen_US
dc.contributor.chairSeitz, Andrew C.
dc.contributor.committeeFalke, Jeffrey A.
dc.contributor.committeePrakash, Anupma
dc.contributor.committeeRobards, Martin D.
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-06T02:33:00Z


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