The Behavioral REsearch And eCosystem Health lab

at the University of Alaska Southeast &

the College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks



The overall aim of this lab is to understand the behavior and ecology of marine mammals, and their role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. A wide network of collaborators, undergraduates, and graduate students are involved in projects related to this theme. Click on the links to the right to learn more about current research and students. 

If you are a prospective student, please read through the project descriptions on this website. Also review the admission requirements to the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences: I do not currently have funding to support additional students. However, highly talented students may be able to obtain their own funding so please contact me if you are interested.




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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Otago Peninsula Wildlife

I took a break from the conference earlier this week and visited the Otago Peninsula, in hopes of seeing nesting albatross and penguins, and also fur seals and sea lions. The Otago Peninsula is home to the only mainland breeding colony of albatross in the world. Everyplace else, albatross come ashore on isolated islands to reunite with their mates, build their nests, and rear their offspring. Visiting the Royal Albatross Center was a unique opportunity to see the world's largest seabirds close-up and in their natural habitat. Seeing them fly overhead with their 9-foot wingspan was amazing! We also came nearly face to face with yellow-eyed penguins that are habituated to humans and have the right of way on hiking paths in the preserve. The tour ended with observations of a New Zealand fur seal breeding colony where some pups were only hours old.

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#1 Posted by Sonja on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 07:19 PM

#2 Posted by Sonja on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 07:22 PM

Lovely and educational photos. Quite a sight seeing a 9 foot wing span.

#3 Posted by Mary Offutt on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 04:35 PM

 These pictures are so amazing!! Thanks for the updates!!! What type of camera do you use? 

#4 Posted by Heidi Pearson on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 01:51 PM

I use a Nikon D700 with 80-400 mm lens.

#5 Posted by Jpesph on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 08:49 AM

Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.

#6 Posted by Kanika Salor on Monday, June 05, 2017 at 03:21 AM


#7 Posted by Quel Kely on Monday, June 05, 2017 at 04:01 AM

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