|Title||A REGIONAL ANALYSIS OF LONG-TERM GRAY AND HARBOR SEAL STRANDING EVENTS|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Staudinger, Michelle D., and Jones K.L.|
|Institution||DOI Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Report.|
|Keywords||Atlantic, Grey Seals, Gulf of Maine, Harbor seals|
Strong indicators of species’ sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability to climate change are provided by changes in phenology, the timing of recurring life events (Parmesan and Yohe, 2003). We possess poor information on climate induced shifts in phenology of marine organisms, especially top predators. The Gulf of Maine (GOM) Seasonal Migrants Project is an ongoing effort to determine the phenological changes occurring in the GOM across marine mammals, sea turtles, and other marine species of conservation concern. As part of that study, stranding data of injured or dead animals was explored for its utility to serve as supplemental data to amend more traditional survey data where observations are scarce.