MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER  February 2014 (Issue 9)

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FROM THE FIELD …
Sampling zooplankton in the Arctic provides new insights into the feeding behavior of bowhead whales. [more]


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NUMBER CRUNCHING
Do seismic operations scare bowhead whales away or make them more difficult to count?
… [more]


lab-tINTO THE LAB …
Can a smart phone be used to estimate energy expenditure of sea lions? [more]


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THIS JUST IN
DNA diets, fur seal thermometers, seismic testing on bowhead whales, forage fish energy densities, and energy hungry white-sided dolphins. Check out our latest peer reviewed publications….[more]


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SCIENCE OUTREACH
The Alaska Marine Science Symposium – a chance for University-based researchers to present findings on Steller sea lions, northern fur seals, and bowhead whales. [more]

 


MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH – WHAT’S NEW?

nordstrom-tForaging in Fine-Scale
New research details fur seal foraging patterns along ocean fronts

Northern fur seals in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands are vulnerable to changes in ocean currents. A new Consortium study mapped the foraging patterns of female fur seals and found new insights into how ocean currents can affect the success of a foraging trip.  January 6, 2014. See full story >


gerlinsky-t Calculating the limits of diving
Open water research provides clues to behavior in wild populations

Basic research into Steller sea lion physiology can help to answer important questions in the field. A recent Consortium study offers new insights into the physiological limits of diving, and could help researchers to better understand the behavior of sea lions in the wild. November 25, 2013. See full story >

 


The Consortium is conducting a long-term research program on Steller sea lions, northern fur seals and other marine mammals and their interactions with fisheries, other species and oceanographic conditions in the North Pacific Ocean and Eastern Bering Sea.



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