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"Right Whale Ecology at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Conservation"

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Dr. Mark Baumgartner, WHOI, Biology Department
Dr. Mark Baumgartner is an Assistant Scientist in the Biology department of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He studies the foraging behavior and ecology of whales, and the formation and location of the patches of plankton that whales feed on. In this workshop he talked about his research on location of copepod patches, and the kinds of technology and tools he uses to track and observe the whales and their food. He discussed the need to understand how and where the North Atlantic right whale locates its food, in order to know how to save this endangered species from extinction.

Web-based Resources
Whalenet, run from Wheelock College
The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium website
Information on Right Whales from International Fund for Animal Welfare
New England Aquarium Right Whale research group
plankton and how it’s sampled and identified, from Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Information on pelagic ocean food webs from OceanLink, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, British Columbia. About the importance of the marine environment and its conservation through interactive, electronic media.
why the Cornell Ornithology Lab studies whale sounds
One way the Cornell lab studies whales, with hydrophones
Information on the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC) experiments
Journey North, from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; a lot of information on the characteristics, life history, and conservation of right whales
Important paper in the journal Nature about the North Atlantic Right Whale demographics and predicted times to extinction under current circumstances
Gulf of ME aquarium’s marine mammals pages, with activities on migration of whales correlated with sea surface temperature and on feeding in toothed and baleen whales
Detailed instructions on how to build a hydrophone to listen to underwater sounds, from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Last updated: June 24, 2014

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