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Carolyn Kurle


Research in the Kurle lab focuses on understanding how animal foraging and trophic patterns drive community ecology. We use stable isotope biogeochemistry to answer questions regarding trophic interactions, niche partitioning, and habitat use, and our research informs conservation and management of species and ecosystems. We also seek to understand the best use of biogeochemical tools to address ecological problems. Our work takes place mostly in marine, coastal, and island systems.


  • A full list of publications can be accessed through the Kurle Lab.
  • Sherer, RD, Doll, AC, Rea, LD, Christ, AM, Stricker, CA, Witteveen, B, Kline, TC, Kurle, CM, and Wunder, MB (in revision) Stable isotope values in pup whiskers reveal geographic variation in diets of gestating Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Walter, DW, Kurle, CM, and Hopkins III, JB (2014) Applications of stable isotope analysis in mammalian ecology. Editorial for Special Issue in Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies. 50:287-290
  • Kurle, CM, Koch, PL, Tershy, BR, and Croll, DA (2014) The effects of sex, tissue type, and dietary components on stable isotope discrimination factors (Δ13C and Δ15N) in mammalian omnivores. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, Special Issue. 50:307-321
  • Parng, E, Crumpacker, A, and Kurle, CM (2014) Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination factors for fur from four felid species. Journal of Mammalogy 95:151-159
  • Kurle, CM, Kappel, CV, Hope, DD, Lam, A (2013) Invasion Status of Terrestrial Mammals on Uninhabited Islands within the San Juan Archipelago, Washington. Northwest Science. 87:178-184
  • Kurle, CM, Finkelstein, ME, Smith, KR, George, D, Ciani, D, Koch, PL, Smith, DR (2013) Stable nitrogen and carbon isotope discrimination factors for blood and feathers from California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) chicks and juveniles. The Condor. 115:1-9
  • Kurle CM and Cardinale, BJ (2011) Ecological factors associated with the strength of trophic cascades in streams. Oikos 120:1897-1908
  • Kurle CM, Sinclair ES, Edwards AE, and Gudmundson CJ (2011) Temporal and spatial variation in the stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios of common marine prey species from Alaskan waters. Marine Biology 158:2389-2404