Sara Ana Adlerstein Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Ph.D. School of Fisheries, 1992, University of Washington
M.S. School of Fisheries, 1986, University of Washington
M.S. Instituto de Biologia, 1973, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
B.S. Instituto de Biologia, 1971, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

I investigate processes at the ecosystem level using statistical modelling. My main interest in research is to understand ecological processes and population dynamics of aquatic organisms at the ecosystem level, in particular those aspects that are relevant to resource management. Recently I have been investigating spatial and temporal scales needed to study the spatial distribution of fish abundance and obtain indices of abundance of fish populations in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Since fish, as other aquatic organisms, cannot be directly observed large scale population studies must rely on analysis of data from scientific surveys or commercial operations. The analysis of this information requires specialized statistical modeling. Currently my focus is in the Great Lakes.

Awards and Grants:

  • 1987-1989 Interactions between Kudoa parasites and the offshore Pacific whiting population: Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant, USA.
  • 1994-1995 Size specific dynamics of Pacific halibut: a key to reduce bycatch. Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant, USA.
  • 1999-2001 Factors Affecting Catch Rates of Northwest Mediterranean Trawl Fleets and Derivation of Standardized Abundance Indices. European Commission DIRECTORATE GENERAL XIV FISHERIES. =
  • 1999-2002 Survey-Based Abundance Indices that account for fine spatial scale information for North Sea stocks (FINE). European Commission, DIRECTORATE GENERAL XIV FISHERIES.
  • 2003-2005 Impacts of exotic species and nutrient decline on fish community structure and food web linkages in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. Michigan Sea Grant. Impacts of multiple stressors on Lake Huron fish communities 1970-2004: an integrative analysis.GLFC. Quantitative tools to predict sea lamprey production on habitat: prioritizing dam removal and control decisions. GLFC.

Current/Recent Research:

  • Analysis of tagging data to investigate salmonid migrations in the Great Lakes
  • Impacts of Exotic Species and Trophic Change in Fish Community, Population Dynamics and Food Web Linkages in Saginaw Bay, and Lake Huron main basin
  • Lake Trout Trophic Ecology in Little Moose Lake, NY
  • Lake Huron GIS, analysis of Chinook salmon coded wire tag returns from several sources
  • Survey-Based Abundance Indices that account for fine spatial scale information for North Sea stocks
  • Factors Affecting Catch Rates of Northwest Mediterranean Trawl Fleets and Derivation of Standardized Abundance Indices
  • Feeding Ecology of North Sea main predators
  • Evaluating effects of Marine Reserves in the Mediterranean on populations and  fisheries
  • Potential productivity of sea lamprey larvae based on habitat in Michigan streams
  • Evaluation of Lake Huron fish survey data
  • Distribution of unionids in Michigan streams
  • Trends of zooplankton and benthic macroinvertebrates in the Great Lakes based on EPA monitoring

Teaching Interests:

Connections between art and science; Environmental sustainabilty; Statistical analysis of messy data via modern regression approaches

Current/Recent Teaching:

artEco; Perspectives on creativity and conscioussness Perspectives on Creativity; Sustainable development in south America, Messing with messy data 

Selected Publications

  • Adlerstein, S. A. 1973. Phytoplankton of the Maule River Basin, M.S. Thesis Instituto de Biology Universidad de Concepcio Chile
  • Adlerstein, S. A. 1986, Age and Growth of Concholepas concholepa, M.S. School of Fisheries, University of Washington
  • Francis, R.C., S.A. Adlerstein, and R. Brodeur. 1988. Biological basis for management of commercial fishery resources of Eastern Bering Sea. In W.S.Wooster [ed.] Fishery science and management. Lecture notes on coastal and estuarine studies. Vol.28. Springer-Verlag, New York, NY.
  • Francis, R.C., S.A. Adlerstein, and A. Hollowed. 1989. Importance of environmental fluctuations in the management of Pacific hake (Merluccius productus)in R.J. Beamish and G.A. McFarlane [ed.] Can.Spec.Publ.Fish.Aquat.Sci. 108: 51-56.
  • Adlerstein, S.A. 1992. Interactions between Kudoa paniformis and the offshore Pacific whiting (Merluccius productus) population. PhD thesis, School of Fisheries, University of Washington
  • Adlerstein, S.A., and R.J. Trumble. 1993. Management implications of changes in by-catch rates of Pacific halibut and crab species caused by diel behaviour of groundfish in the Bering Sea. ICES Mar.Sci.Symp. 196: 211-215.
  • Sullivan, P.J., R.J. Trumble, and S.A. Adlerstein. 1994. Pacific halibut bycatch in the groundfish fisheries: Effects on and management implications for the Pacific halibut fishery. Scientific Report No XX, International Pacific Halibut Commission.
  • Escos, J., C.L. Alados, J.M. Emlen, and S.A. Adlerstein. 1995. Developmental instability as an indicator of natural stress in the Pacific hake parasitized by Kudoa spp. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 124: 943-945.
  • Adlerstein, S.A., and R.J. Trumble. 1998. Pacific halibut bycatch in Pacific cod fisheries in the Bering Sea: an analysis to evaluate area-time management. Journal of Sea Research 39(1998) 153-166.
  • Ehrich, S., S.A. Adlerstein, S. G? N. Mergardt, and A. Temming. 1998. Variation of meso scale fish distribution in the North Sea. ICES C.M. 1998/J:25, 13pp.
  • Adlerstein, S.A., and R.J. Trumble. 1998. Size specific dynamics of Pacific halibut: a key to reduce bycatch in the groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea. Sci. Report. International Pacific Halibut Commission. 35pp.
  • Adlerstein, S.A., and M. Dorn. 1998. The effect of Kudoa paniformis infection on the reproductive effort of female Pacific hake. Canadian Journal of Zoology 76: 2285-2289.
  • Goni, R., F. Alvarez, and S.A. Adlerstein. 1999. Application of generalized linear modelling to catch rate analysis of western Mediterranean fisheries: the Castellileet as a case study. Fisheries Research 42: 291-302.
  • Kafemann, R., S.A. Adlerstein, and R. Neukamm. 2000. Variation in otolith strontium and calcium ratios as indicator of life-history strategies of freshwater fish species within a brackish water system. Fisheries Research. 46(2000): 313-325.
  • Adlerstein, S.A., and H. Welleman. 2000. Diel variation of stomach contents of North Sea cod (Gadus morhua) during a 24 h fishing survey: An analysis using Generalized Additive Models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
  • O'Brien, C., S. Adlerstein and S. Ehrich. 2000. Accounting for spatial-scale in research surveys: analyses of 2 year old cod from English, German and International groundfish surveys in the North Sea. ICES C.M. 2000/K:19. 14 pp.
  • Adlerstein, S. A. and S. Ehrich. 2001. Influence of hydrographic conditions on diel variation of cod catches in North Sea bottom trawl surveys. . ICES C.M. 2001/Q:02, 17 pp..
  • Adlerstein, S. A., A. Temming and N. Mergardt. 2002 Comparison of stomach contents of haddock from the 1981 and 1991 North Sea International Stomach Sampling Projects. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 59: 497-515
  • Adlerstein, S. A., and S. Ehrich. 2002. Effect of deviation from vessel target speed over ground, trawl speed through water and time of day on catch rates of several fish species in North Sea surveys. ICES Journal of Marine Science 59: 594-603.
  • Adlerstein, S. A. and S. Ehrich. 2003. Patterns in diel variation of cod catches in North Sea bottom trawl surveys. Journal of Fisheries Research. 1522:1-10Goñi, R., S. Adlerstein, F. ílvarez, M. Garcí­a, P. Sánchez, M. Sbrana, F. Maynou, and C. Viva. 2004. Recruitment indices of European hake, Merluccius merluccius (Linnaeus 1758), in the Northwestern Mediterranean based on landings from bottom trawl multispecies fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science 61: 760-773.
  • Adlerstein, S., E. Rutherford, J. Clevenger, J. Johnson, D. Clapp, and A. Woldt. 2007. Lake Trout Movement in US Waters of Lake Huron Interpreted from Coded Wire Tag Recoveries in Recreational Fisheries. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33(1):186-201.
  • Ehrich, S., S. Adlerstein, U. Brockmann, J. Floeter, S. Garthe, H. Hinz, I. Kroncke, H. Neumann, H. Reiss, A. Sell, M. Stein, V. Stelzenmuller, C. Stransky, A.  Temming, G. Wegner and G. Zauke. 2007. 20 years of the German Small-Scale Bottom Trawl Survey (GSBTS): A review. Senckenbergiana Maritima, 37(1) 13-82.
  • Adlerstein, S., E. Rutherford, D. Clapp, J. Clevenger, and J. Johnson. 2007. Estimating Seasonal Movements of Chinook Salmon in Lake Huron from Efficiency Analysis of Coded Wire Tag Recoveries in Recreational Fisheries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27: 792-803.
  • Adlerstein, S., Alvarez, F. and R. Goñi. 2008. Quality Data vs. Analysis? Abundance Indices From a Mediterranean Trawl Fishery As Case Study. Pages 1107-1120 in J. L. Nielsen, J. Dodson, K. Friedland, T. Hamon, N.Hughes, J. Musick, and E. Verspoor, editors. Proceedings of the Fourth World Fisheries Congress: Reconciling Fisheries with Conservation. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 49, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Adlerstein, S., E. Rutherford, R. Claramunt, D. Clapp, and J. Clevenger. 2008. Seasonal movements of Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan based on tag recoveries from recreational fisheries and catch rates in gill net assessments. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137 (3): 736-750.
  • Goñi, R., S. Adlerstein, D. Alvarez-Berastegui, A. Forcada, O. Reñones, G. Criquet S. Polti, G. Cadiou, C. Valle, P. Lenfant, P. Bonhomme, A. Perez-Ruzafa, J.L. Sánchez-Lizaso, J. Garcí­a-Charton, G. Bernard, V. Stelzenmí¼ller, S. Planes. 2008. Evidence of spillover from six Western Mediterranean marine protected areas measured from artisanal fisheries. Marine Ecology Progress Series 366: 159-174.
  • Ehrich, S., V. Stelzenmuller and S.A. Adlerstein. 2009. Linking spatial pattern of bottom fish assemblages with water masses in the North Sea. Physical Oceanography: 1-15.
  • Wright, S., E. Habits, S. Adlerstein, O. Parra and J. Semrau.  2009.  Graham Scholars Program: Sustainability Education through an Interdisciplinary International Case Study.  Journal of Sustainability Science (4):29-36.
  • Adams, J., S. Riley and S. Adlerstein. 2009. Development of fishing power corrections for 12- and 21-m trawls used in the USGS Lake Huron fall bottom trawl survey. – Great Lakes Fishery Commission Report Series, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Fishman D., S. Adlerstein, H. Vanderploeg, G. Fahnenstiel, and D. Scavia, 2009. Causes of Phytoplankton Changes in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron during the Zebra Mussel Invasion. Journal of Great Lakes Research 35(4):482-495
  • Adlerstein, S., Rutherford, E., Clapp, D., Claramunt, R., and J. Johnson. 2009. Seasonal migration of salmonids in the Great Lakes interpreted from coded-wire-tag recoveries. ICES CM 2009/J:13. 25 pp
  • Fishman, D., S. Adlerstein, H. Vanderploeg, G. Fahnenstiel, S., and D. Scavia. 2010. Phytoplankton community composition in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, during the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) invasion: A multivariate analysis. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36: 9-19.
  • Goñi, R.  R. Hilborn, D. Dí­az, S. Mallol, and S. Adlerstein. 2010. Net contribution of spillover from a marine reserve to fishery catches. Marine Ecology Progress Series: Vol. 400: 233–243.


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