Current Projects

Southern California Behavioral Response Study

Foraging Ecology of Humpback Whales in Relation to Krill Catches

Foraging Behavior and Ecological Role of the Antarctic Minke Whale

Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research Project

Measuring Heart Rate to Assess the Stress Response in Large Whales

Using Baleen to Study Historical Whale Populations

Blue Whale Hearts May Beat Only Twice a Minute During a Dive

Nature’s most extreme animal has an equally extreme circulatory system, researchers found. Read the full New York Times article here.

A blue whale's heartbeat has been recorded for the first time - and the results are fascinating

For the first time, scientists have recorded the heart rate of a blue whale, uncovering new information about the biology of the world's largest mammal The full article can be found on CNN online here.

2018: A year in stunning conservation photography

Take a look at just a few of WWF's favorite photographs from 2018, including an Antarctic collaboration between WWF and the Friedlaender BTBEL lab back in Santa Cruz. The full article can be found on WWF online here.

WHALES OF THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA | Science and Conservation for the 21st Century

Check out the new report put together by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in collaboration with PI Dr. Ari Friedlaender and Ph.D. student Michele Modest which talks about the challenges that Antarctic whales face today. For the full report, click here.

The Big Meltdown

"As the Antarctic Peninsula heats up, the rules of life there are being ripped apart. Alarmed scientists aren’t sure what all the change means for the future." Check out this wonderful online article through National Geographic featuring work by Dr. Friedlaender and his lab at UCSC.

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

In a rare piece of good news for whales, featuring work by Ph.D. student Logan Pallin,  humpbacks who live and breed in the southern oceans near Antarctica appear to be making a comeback, with females in recent years having a high pregnancy rate and giving birth to more calves. Find the full New York Times piece here. Find the full text of the scientific article here.

The Calm and Quiet Antarctica | Continent 7

Dr. Friedlaender’s work was recently featured extensively in the National Geographic show Continent 7. To read more about Continent 7 and see clips, click here.