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

Protecting Blue Corridors: Challenges and solutions for migratory whales navigating national and international seas

Tracking Humpback Whales to Antarctica

October 17, 2023

Members of the Bio-telemetry and Behavioral Ecology Lab deployed to the Golfo de Tribugá, Colombia in collaboration with our partners at Fundación Macuáticos Colombia and Dr. Natalia Botero-Acosta, to deploy satellite-linked tags in humpback whales to track their southbound migration back to the Antarctic Peninsula. To keep updated with the migration of the whales we tagged this breeding season, follow the map on the right!



Antarctic Krill Fishing

October 13, 2023

In this recent article (found here) and  short film (found here) by the Associated Press, Drs. Pallin and Friedlaender provide their scientific expertise regarding the impact large-scale krill fishing may have on the Antarctic ecosystem and the wildlife that feeds there.



How the latest tech is shaping the future of whale conservation

June 5, 2023

In this recent Science Focus article, James explains how our research team employs different tools to collect data in the Antarctic during each field season. His explanations of our drones, tags, and biopsy equipment are spot on. Click the picture on the right to access the PDF.


How much longer will Antarctic be a place of solace for whales?

May 15, 2023

Climate change is hitting the Antarctic Peninsula especially hard. It's one of the fastest warming regions of the planet. We're losing sea ice, which will most likely affect the availability of krill – whales' main food source down here. Commercial fisheries are quite literally taking food from the whales' mouths. What's going to happen?


Can Whales Save the Planet?

April 20, 2023

Our team has just finished an incredible field season in the Antarctic. We collected several hundred biopsies of whale tissue, paired many of these with measurable images of body condition using drones, placed tags on several animals, and conducted exposure experiments for a new study on the impacts of tourism on whale behavior. A film team from NowThis Earth joined one of our teams on an Intrepid Travel ship to tell our story.


Using AI to Listen to Whales

November 3, 2022

In an exciting partnership with the Earth Species Project, we're working on our ability to understand other species, like whales. There could be a number of benefits, and challenges, involved with decoding the language of other animals. Check out this panel discussion led by Aza Raskin from the World Economic Forum held in San Francisco on October 25, 2022.