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Vivian Mendenhall

Marine Ornithologist

Vivian Mendenhall

Vivian Mendenhall
Vivian Mendenhall became interested in natural history and conservation during childhood trips to the mountains of Southern California, where she learned climbing and back-country skiing with her family. She studied zoology at the University of California at Los Angeles and Berkeley and at Aberdeen University, Scotland. She has lived and worked in Maryland, Australia, and in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska.

Vivian has worked on shorebirds and sea ducks, and for the last 15 years she has concentrated on the ecology and conservation of Alaskan seabirds. As the Marine Bird Coordinator in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Migratory Bird Management, she has monitored seabird populations and breeding success in Prince William Sound, near Kodiak Island, and at several sites in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. She also did field work in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia. Another interest is the effect of commercial fisheries on seabirds.

Since retiring two years ago from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vivian has been serving as editor of the Pacific Seabird Group's journal, Pacific Seabirds. In addition, she continues to help conservation organizations with seabird issues, is trying her hand at writing fiction, and is travelling a good deal to look at birds and operas (not usually at the same time).




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