Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab

Antarctic Foraging Ecology

Collaborative Research: Antarctic humpback whales – fine scale foraging behavior, trophic dynamics and predator-prey ecology

photo by Alison K. Stimpert

This research uses a combination of state-of-the-art technology and a multidisciplinary approach to test specific hypotheses regarding interactions among the environment, krill, and Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale). Humpback whales are a major predator of Antarctic krill, but there is still little understanding about how these whales utilize this resources.
We are analyzing a unique data set which will allow us to investigate not only cetacean foraging behavior, but also changes in the behavior of krill between areas where whales are present and foraging, and where whale are absent.
See our blogs from the 2009 field season and the 2010 field season.

Funded by the National Science Foundation
In collaboration with Drs. Nowacek, Friedlaender, Halpin, Tyack, and Zhou