Gulf Apex Predator-Prey Project
Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks • School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences • Kodiak, Alaska

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2013

2012

Dana WrightGAP welcomes new graduate student!

10/3/2012

The GAP project is pleased to welcome Dana Wright as a master’s student. Dana comes to the project after receiving a B.S. in Marine and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Maine in May 2012. During her tenure at UM, she received a prestigious NOAA National Hollings Scholarship in 2010 and was also Division I swimmer.  Dana’s project will be to revise and update abundance estimates of humpback whales around Kodiak Island while also exploring fine scale differences in their stable isotope signatures.

Dana's student profile

dead humpback whale on beachDead humpback whale washes ashore near Kodiak

9/27/2012

Bree Witteveen examined a dead male humpback whale that likely was the victim of a killer whale attack.

The Baranov Museums hosts “Thar She Blows!”

9/26/2012

Kodiak’s own Baranov Museum hosted Bree Witteveen as she summarized 12 years of whale research around the Emerald Island. The talk was a free event open to the public made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation.

CTD castGAP completes 2012 vessel-based surveys

9/15/2012

GAP researchers completed 15 days of vessel based surveys throughout the Kodiak archipelago. The purpose of these surveys was to document whale distribution and relative abundance while concurrently documenting prey availability through hydroacoustics and oceanographic conditions using CTD casts.  Kate Wynne and Bree Witteveen led the whale component of these surveys and collected photographs and biopsy samples of individual fin and humpback whales. The prey assessment and oceanographic component of the surveys were led by Lei Guo. While the researchers hoped to tag whales as well, weather conditions did not allow for this to occur. These surveys will continue in 2013.

GAP Whale Research Featured on KMXT

7/30/2012

Getting Up Close and Personal with Kodiak's Whales

Kate Wynne and Bree Witteveen present at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Land and Sea Lecture Series

7/2012

Alaska's Land and Sea Lecture Series

2011

collecting scat Scat collection

12/2011

GAP researchers conducted a quarterly scat collection at Cape Ugat and Long Island haulouts on December 23 and 29. They collected almost 180 scats.

right whalePhoto courtesy Beth and Amy Pingree, Kodiak, Alaska.

Right whale sighting

12/2011

Extremely rare sighting of a right whale in Kodiak waters.

acoustic tag on whale

Whale tagged with acoustic/ultrasonic recorder

8/2011

GAP researchers tagged a humpback whale with three-dimensional Acousonde tag to assess behavioral reactions to acoustic deterrents.