New tag technology provides a unique look into the mechanics of whale feeding

Stanford researchers reveal details about the unique feeding habits of whales Published this week in Current Biology, Ph.D. candidate Dave Cade and colleagues present the first simultaneous measures of skull and body kinematics in lunge feeding rorqual whales. Lunge feeding is an intermittent engulfment and filtration strategy that allows the largest animals of all time to subsist […]

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Redefining optimal foraging paradigms in air-breathing divers

Recently published in Science Advances, our team integrated ecological and physiological approaches to test long-standing theoretical models of optimal foraging. In order to exploit a patchy resource like krill in the marine environment, rorqual whales such as blue whales must exhibit behavioral plasticity to maximize foraging efficiency. Air breathing divers must also balance the trade-offs […]

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Goldbogen Lab receives ONR Equipment Grant and Young Investigator Award

We are excited to announce that the Goldbogen Lab received two grants for basic and applied research on cetacean biomechanics, energetics, foraging ecology, and the impacts of acoustic disturbance. The lab received a 2016 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant to purchase (Winners of the FY 2016 Award listed here) a mobile, state-of-the-art active […]

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Postdoc position available: whale biomechanics and energetics

The Goldbogen Lab at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in whale biomechanics and energetics. The start date is flexible. The duration of the fellowship will be at least 1 year with an opportunity to extend up to 3 years with demonstrated performance and funding availability. In addition […]

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Acrobatic maneuvers required to exploit krill patches

Predators use a suite of foraging strategies to maximize their energetic gain and support their metabolism. Foraging in aquatic vertebrates can be broadly categorized into particulate feeding, where single prey items are seized and ingested, and bulk-filter feeding that involves the capture and processing of large volumes of prey-laden water. Several animal groups have independently […]

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Echolocation and foraging behavior of a Baird’s beaked whale

In collaboration with Alison Stimpert at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, we published the first multi-sensor tag data and controlled exposure experiment of a Baird’s beaked whale (Berardius bairdii). Baird’s beaked whales represent species in the family Ziphiidae, an enigmatic group of toothed whales that are characterized by their extreme deep diving capabilities. Because they exhibit such long, deep dives, […]

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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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