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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Friday, June 13, 2014

Back in the Field

I am back in Kaikoura, New Zealand, for another season of dusky dolphin research. We arrived late last night and are staying in the beautiful home of my PhD adviser from Texas A&M, Bernd Wursig, and his wife, Mel. The field team consists of Heidi Butcher, an AP Biology and Environmental Science high school teacher from Houston; Adrian Fanucci-Kiss, a Harvard undergrad who is collecting data for his senior thesis; and Kristin Brown, University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student who is examining calf resting/sleep patterns and their effect on mothers. We are also being assisted by locals Alistair and Jody Weir of the Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute.

We spent today gathering supplies, shopping for food, getting our gear ready for our first day in the field tomorrow, and enjoying the sunshine. During the next 5 weeks, we'll be continuing with the tagging work we started last December, and also doing targeted behavioral observations of moms and calves.  I will post updates throughout the season!

The Kaikoura mountain range                                         

The Kaikoura mountain range

Field house "Atawhai", meaning "kind, generous, hospitable" in Maori 

Field house,

Full moon over the South Pacific

  Moon over the South Pacific


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