Miriam Doyle

Research Scientist
NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, RACE Division

Miriam Doyle

BS Zoology 1980, University College Dublin, Ireland
PhD  Biological Oceanography 1988, National University of Ireland – Galway, Ireland.

E-mail: miriam.doyle@noaa.gov

Office: AFSC Bldg. 4, Room 2073, NOAA Sand Point

Phone: 206-526-4318

Fax: 206-526-6723

Research Interests

My primary research focus is the reproductive strategies and early life history ecology of marine fish species, particularly as they relate to understanding recruitment processes and population fluctuations in response to environmental change.  In association with the Ecosystem and Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI) program at NOAA in Seattle, my research activities comprise the investigation of relationships between the early life history ecology of fish and climate-ocean processes in Alaska marine ecosystems.

An ancillary research interest is the occurrence and impact of plastic particles (breakdown products from plastic marine debris) in marine pelagic ecosystems.

See website: http://www.ecofoci.noaa.gov/

Current Research Projects

Funded by NOAA’s North Pacific Climate regimes and Ecosystem Productivity project, and by the North Pacific Research Board’s Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Program.

  • Pelagic early life history exposure patterns of commercially and ecologically important fish species in the Gulf of Alaska
  • Early life history phenology among Gulf of Alaska fish species: ecological patterns and implications for adaptation and response to environmental forcing during early ontogeny
  • Evaluation of life history groups of fish species as proxies for population response to environmental change in Large Marine Ecosystems
  • Investigation of early life history response among fish species to environmental forcing in the Gulf of Alaska based on time-series of ichthyoplankton collections and climate and ocean variables.

Selected Publications

Doyle, M.J. (in prep) Pelagic early life history exposure patterns of selected commercially important fish species in the Gulf of Alaska. For submission to Deep Sea Research II, January 2014. (GOAIERP special issue)

Doyle, M.J., Coyle, K.O, and Strom, S.L. (in prep) Early life history phenology among Gulf of Alaska fish species: ecological implications for recruitment processes. For submission to Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Stachura, M.M., Essington, T.E., Mantua, N.J., Hollowed, A.B., Haltuch, M.A., Spencer, P.D., Branch, T.A., and Doyle, M.J. (in review) Linking recruitment synchrony to environmental variability.  Fisheries Oceanography.

Doyle, M.J. and Mier, K.L. (2012)  A new conceptual framework for evaluating early life history aspects of recruitment processes among marine fish species.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69: 2112-2129.

Doyle, M.J., Watson, W., Bowlin, N.M., and Sheavly, S.B. (2011) Plastic particles in coastal pelagic ecosystems of the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Marine Environmental Research

Duffy-Anderson, J.T., Doyle, M.J., Mier, K.L., Stabeno, P.J. and Wilderbuer, T.K. (2010) Early life ecology of Alaska plaice in the Eastern Bering Sea: seasonality, distribution, and dispersal. Journal of Sea Research. 64(1-2), 3–14.

Gilfillan, L.R., Ohman, M.D., Doyle, M.J., and Watson, W. (2009). Occurrence of  plastic micro debris in the southern California Current system. California Cooperative Oceanic and Fisheries Investigations Report 50: 123-133.

Doyle, M.J., Picquelle, S.J., Mier, K.L., Spillane, M.C., and Bond, N.A. (2009)  Larval fish abundance and physical forcing in the Gulf of Alaska, 1981-2003.  Progress in Oceanography 80:163-187.  doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2009.03.002