Projects

Project Location:
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Project Funded Title:
The Cost of a New Fur Coat: Interactions between reproduction and molt in Weddell Seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica

Project Members

Alex Eilers

Alex Eilers
Organization: 
Pink Palace Museum
Occupation: 
Teacher

Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns
Organization: 
University of Alaska
Occupation: 
Researcher

Alex Eilers

Alex Eilers
Organization: 
Pink Palace Museum
Occupation: 
Teacher

Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns
Organization: 
University of Alaska
Occupation: 
Researcher

Ward Testa

Ward Testa
Organization: 
Alaska Ecosystem Program, National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Occupation: 
Researcher

Alex Eilers

Alex Eilers
Organization: 
Pink Palace Museum
Occupation: 
Teacher

Daniel Costa

Daniel Costa
Organization: 
University of California Santa Cruz
Occupation: 
Researcher

Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns
Organization: 
University of Alaska
Occupation: 
Researcher

Eileen Hofmann

Eileen Hofmann
Organization: 
Old Dominion University
Occupation: 
Researcher

Project Description

The team traveled daily to seal haul-outs and worked on the sea ice outside of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. While on the ice, the team located the seals, weighed them, measured them, collected blood and tissue samples, took thermal images of the seals, tagged them, and then left the seals alone until the next research season. When the team comes back following year, they re-locate the seals, re-weigh and re-measure them, collect the tags, and determine if the seals have pupped.

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