Minke whales lunge feeding under sea ice at high rates

Featured this week on the cover of the Journal of Experimental Biology, Friedlaender et al. present the first data ever collected using high-resolution, multi-sensor tags on foraging minke whales. These data were obtained off the western Antarctic Peninsula in Wilhelmina Bay. Our analyses showed that tagged minke whales foraged under and around pack ice, performing […]

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PLOS Marine Megafauna Collection

A new collection of PLOS publications focuses on the functional morphology, ecology, and evolution of marine megafauna. Each section within this collection was edited by specific researchers: Paleoecology, Evolution, and Systematics (by Nick Pyenson), Anatomy, Functional Morphology and Energetics (by Jeremy Goldbogen), Marine Ecology and Technology (by Ari Friedlaender), Social and Behavioral Ecology (by Lars Bejder), and Marine Habitats and Conservation Biology (by David Johnston). These publications contribute to the course content […]

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Tracking fitness in marine vertebrates

A special theme section was published this week in Marine Ecology Progress Series, “Tracking fitness in marine vertebrates“, covering a wide range of studies, from fish to seabirds, that use tag technology in combination with other disciplines to resolve the mechanisms underlying individual fitness (survival, timing of reproduction, foraging success). Here is a look inside the […]

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The first time-depth recording tag

Published this week in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Jeremy Goldbogen and Jessica Meir review the classic paper by Jerry Kooyman, ‘Maximum diving capacities of the Weddell seal, Leptonychotes weddelli‘ published in Science in 1966. Among several scientific innovations, this groundbreaking paper debuted the first time-depth recorder (TDR), a device that has revolutionized the field […]

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End conference season

It was a busy conference season for the Goldbogen Lab, four meetings in less than 2 months, from Dunedin, New Zealand to Austin, Texas. One of the highlights was during the 20th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand. Ewan Fordyce had one of the most poorly understood whales on display: […]

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Whale research team meets in Vancouver

It was great to catch up with long time colleagues Bob Shadwick and Jean Potvin earlier this month in Vancouver, British Columbia. The whale team reunited over coffee to brainstorm an exciting new set of research goals. Our preliminary findings will be presented at the 20th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals in Dunedin, New Zealand, next […]

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SW Regional SICB Meeting, Riverside, CA

As a new researcher in the southwest, I attended my first regional SICB meeting in Riverside, CA. The strength of this region as a research powerhouse really shined through with presentations on how hummingbirds generate sound with their feathers (Clark Lab), muscle physiology of leaping and landing (Azizi Lab), the hydrodynamics of flow sensing (McHenry […]

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