Kristina Cammen

Faculty, Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program
Faculty, Center for One Health & the Environment



  • INT308 – Conservation and Ecology of Marine Mammals
  • SMS203 – Introduction to Integrative Marine Science
  • SMS491 – Ocean Health

Research Interests

  • Marine mammal science
  • Ecological and evolutionary genomics
  • Ocean health
  • Conservation Biology

Ph.D., Ecology, Duke University
M.Phil., Zoology, University of Cambridge
B.S., Biology & Psychology, University of Maryland


Kristina joined the faculty of the School of Marine Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Marine Mammal Science in May 2017. Her emerging research program focuses on improving our understanding of marine mammal ecology and ocean health, and advancing the use of genomic techniques in conservation biology. She currently has active research projects investigating gray and harbor seals in the Gulf of Maine, particularly in relation to historical bottlenecks, recent recovery, and emerging diseases. In addition, she is exploring new areas of research to better understand the impacts of anthropogenic activities, such as ocean noise, tidal turbines, and tourism on marine mammals. These projects involve collaborations within and beyond the Mitchell Center and the University of Maine, including both governmental and nongovernmental agencies that contribute to developing stakeholder-engaged, solutions-driven research methods.

Kristina’s research program aims to address issues at the intersection of human-wildlife conflict, particularly in relation to perceived competition of protected species and marine resource users, including fishermen. She is working to facilitate new interdisciplinary research collaborations to tackle these types of questions related to marine mammal ecology and conservation that span the human-natural dimensions and address issues of sustainability and ecosystem health in our coastal systems.

Selected Publications

Jayasundara N, Fernando PW, Osterberg JS, Cammen KM, Schultz TF, Di Guilio RT (2017) Cost of tolerance: fitness consequences of contemporary evolution to an anthropogenic stressor in teleost fish. Environmental Science & Technology. 15:8673-8772.

Cammen KM, Andrews KR, Carroll EL, Foote AD, Humble E, Khudyakov JI, Louis M, McGowen MR, Olsen MT, Van Cise AM (2016) Genomic methods take the plunge: recent advances in high throughput sequencing of marine mammals. Journal of Heredity. 107:481-495.

Greenberg R, Cammen KM, Wilson AG, Olsen BJ, Ballentine B, Rotzel N, Fleischer R (2016) Geographic population structure and subspecific boundaries in a tidal marsh sparrow. Conservation Genetics 7: 603-613

Cammen KM, Schultz TS, Rosel PE, Wells RS, Read AJ (2015) Genome-wide investigation of adaptation to harmful algal blooms in bottlenose dolphins. Molecular Ecology 24:4697-4710.

Cammen KM, Wilcox LA, Rosel PE, Wells RS, Read AJ (2015) From genome-wide to candidate gene: An investigation of variation at the major histocompatibility complex in bottlenose dolphins exposed to red tides. Immunogenetics 67:125-133.

Cammen KM, Rosel PE, Wells RS, Read AJ (2014) Lack of variation in voltage-gated sodium channels of common bottlenose dolphins exposed to neurotoxic algal blooms. Aquatic Toxicology 157:150-158.

Soulen BK*, Cammen KM*, Schultz TF, Johnston DW (2013) Factors affecting harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus) strandings in the Northwest Atlantic. PLoS ONE 8:e68779. *authors contributed equally to this manuscript

Cammen KM, Hoffman JI, Knapp LA, Harwood J, Amos W (2011) Geographic variation of the major histocompatibility complex in Eastern Atlantic grey seals. Molecular Ecology 20:740-752.