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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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Kaikoura marine animals and research tools

Photo Album

Uploaded: Tue Dec 24 16:55:42 2013
by Heidi Pearson

These images are from our first 10 days in the field. They include (in no particular order) photos of our research vessels and our captain, Mike and his crayfish (kiwi for rock lobster); the little blue penguin Captain Mike rescued and released; albatross; shearwater; the film crew filming us on the large boat; Hector's dolphins; a New Zealand fur seal; our tag that we're attaching to the dusky dolphins; Kaikoura scenery; a lavendar farm; and of course dusky dolphins.

We had our first tag attachments on Dec. 23 and 24. It was very exciting to see our tag stick to a dolphin and see it descend to depth on the dolphin! This is the first time this has been done on a dusky dolphin. However, the tags aren't sticking for more than a minute or so, so we are refining our technique. We are currently attaching the tag to the deployment pole with electrical tape, and when the tag hits the dolphin, we jerk the pole back and the tape breaks. We are wondering if the tape is too strong and actually removing some of the suction on the cups. Our next trial will be to use velcro instead of tape.


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