The Behavioral REsearch And eCosystem Health lab

at the University of Alaska Southeast &

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

 

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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:  https://www.uaf.edu/sfos/academics/apply/. 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, June 17, 2014

Searching for Duskies

On Tuesday, we had the best weather on the water yet. It was sunny and the swell was down to about 4 feet or less, and there was just a slight breeze. Optimal conditions for observing duskies! Unfortunately, the large pod continued its pattern of being quite far south. They were too far for us to reach, so we hoped to see some more nursery groups. We did a thorough survey of our study site, but saw no duskies. The map below shows our study site with our survey transect lines. The transect lines help to ensure that we do a consistent, thorough, and systematic search of the area.

 

SurveyRoute

SurveyRoute

  

New Zealand Map

New Zealand Map

 

 

As usual, though, we enjoyed seeing albatrosses and New Zealand fur seals. One fur seal was devouring an octopus – yummy!

 

New Zealand Fur Seal

New Zealand Fur Seal

 

 

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