2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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RAPID: Linking the movement patterns and foraging behavior of humpback whales to their prey across multiple spatial scales within the LTER study region

Program Manager:
Dr. Diana Nemergut


ASC POC/Implementer:
Adam Jenkins

Dr. Ari Seth Friedlaender (Principal Investigator)

Oregon State University
Marine Mammal Program
Newport, Oregon

Supporting Stations:  Special Project
Research Locations:  

Project Description:
This project will conduct whale tagging and prey mapping research from the R/V Point Sur in the nearshore waters around Palmer Station and the Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) study area. The Point Sur represents a unique and novel platform that could significantly augment the ability to integrate top predator studies into the LTER research program. Currently, whales are not systematically studied as part of the LTER, and there is limited time, space, and opportunity to conduct tagging operations and fine-scale quantitative prey mapping during the annual LTER cruise. By using the Point Sur, researchers seek to augment and improve the understanding of cetaceans within the context and framework of the LTER.

Field Season Overview:
Researchers will sail on the R/V Point Sur for two weeks of dedicated time in February 2013 to deploy tags on whales and conduct oceanographic and prey mapping surveys The field team will fly directly to King George Island from Punta Arenas, Chile, and deploy to the Pointy Sur directly. Tagging and prey mapping work will occur around the Gerlache Strait and associated bays. The team will then return to King George Island to fly back to Punta Arenas.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Matthew Bowers
  • John Durban
  • Ari Friedlaender (PI)
  • Nick Gales (Co-PI)
  • Doug Nowacek (Co-PI)
  • Robert Pitman
  • Andrew Read
  • Alison Stimpert

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