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<p class="MsoNormal">Dear Colleagues,<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">My co-author Markus Horning and I are pleased to announce the publication of a new article examining the potential effects of coastal hypoxia on harbor seal foraging efficiency:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Steingass S, Horning M. (2017<b>) Individual-based energetic model suggests bottom up mechanisms for the impact of coastal hypoxia on Pacific harbor seal (<i>Phoca vitulina richardii</i>) foraging behavior</b>. Journal of Theoretical Biology
 416:190-198.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"> <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt">Highlights:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><![if !supportLists]><span style="mso-list:Ignore">1.<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">      
</span></span><![endif]>An individual, conceptual model of Pacific harbor seal foraging energetics was created in STELLA modeling software (© iSeeSystems).<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><![if !supportLists]><span style="mso-list:Ignore">2.<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">      
</span></span><![endif]>Efficiency of foraging on three species of prey was tested during varying levels of upwelling-driven coastal hypoxia.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><![if !supportLists]><span style="mso-list:Ignore">3.<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">      
</span></span><![endif]>Increased hypoxia led to differentiation of prey benefits, suggesting switches in foraging tactics may occur during coastal hypoxia to maintain optimal foraging.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><![if !supportLists]><span style="mso-list:Ignore">4.<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">      
</span></span><![endif]>This model suggests a mechanism by which coastal hypoxia may result in increased foraging efficiency for Pacific harbor seals due to prey habitat compression.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><o:p> </o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">You can currently freely access and download the publication via this link:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><a href="https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UPmM_WnHbq1L"><span style="color:windowtext">https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UPmM_WnHbq1L</span></a><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt">Please feel free to contact me with questions, or if you are unable to access the article.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Warm regards,<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Sheanna Steingass, PhD Candidate<o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p> </o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color:#ED7D31">Oregon State University<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Pinniped Ecology Applied Research Lab | Marine Mammal Institute<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Department of Fisheries and Wildlife<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr. Newport OR 97365<o:p></o:p></p>
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