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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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Happy New Year from New Zealand!

Greetings from Kaikoura! We're back on the South Island of New Zealand working on our dolphin tagging project. We arrived Dec. 10 and have been going non-stop since then. We are off the water today due to strong southerly winds and so I finally have a chance to catch up!

The purpose of this season's work is to attach a suction-cup tag to dusky dolphins in order to better understand their behavior and ecology. Our tag contains a small video camera for recording social behaviors and a time depth recorder that will record diving behavior. Results of this study will provide information on how often, how long, and how deep dolphins dive, and how they interact with each other. This information will help us to better protect duskies and other dolphins by understanding intricate details of their feeding and social behavior. This project includes collaborators from the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the University of Sydney, and NOAA. It is supported by the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program and the Encounter Foundation. 


#1 Posted by Karen Thibodeaux on Monday, January 04, 2016 at 10:43 AM

It's amazing the work you are doing.  How exciting!  I love seeing the photos and wish I could be along to take some myself.  someday I will make it to Alaska - would love to see the whales lunge feeding.  And, would really like to go to new you think you can get me a grant?  LOL!!! 

#2 Posted by Jpesph on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 08:48 AM

No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.

#3 Posted by Quel Kely on Monday, June 05, 2017 at 04:02 AM

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