Gulf Apex Predator-Prey Project
The goal of the Gulf Apex Predator-Prey Project (GAP) is to better understand predator-prey interactions in the western Gulf of Alaska as they relate to the decline of the western stock of Steller sea lions.
This website was created for laypeople and scientists alike. We invite you to explore the site to learn about the wide variety of GAP projects and how they have evolved since GAP began in 1999. Here you will find detailed information on the integrated components of GAP, including the suite of species and methodologies that have been used to explore the Kodiak marine ecosystem.
GAP graduate student successfully defends thesis
Dana Wright successfully defended her thesis, Variability in foraging by humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangaliae) on the Kodiak, Alaska, feeding ground [PDF; 6.3 MB], and graduated with an MS in Marine Biology in December 2014. Dana was hired as contractor at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, and is working on publishing chapters of her thesis.
Former graduate student Jennifer Marsh recently had a chapter of her GAP related thesis published. Marsh, J.M., R.J. Foy, N. Hillgruber, and G.H. Kruse. 2015. Variability in trophic positions of four commercially important groundfish species in the Gulf of Alaska [PDF; 2.7 MB]. Fisheries Research 165: 100–114. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.01.003
GAP researcher in Huffington Post article
GAP researcher Bree Witteveen was featured in On the Trail of the Whales: Kodiak, Last Chance Island, a Huffington Post article about gray whale migration.