We focus on the ecology and habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues, and developing new ways to communicate our science effectively.
What we are up to:

The New Odyssey

Protocol for using iTag This week, I finished tagging the images taken by the eBee using iTag. The next step was to write a protocol for taking the photographs and turning them into data so others can do it as well.  It is pretty exciting to be doing this because I was the first person


Grey Seals and Drones

Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are found on both shores of the North Atlantic. They feed a variety of fish, mostly benthic or demersal species. During the winter months, female grey seals in Nova Scotia haul out on beaches such as Hay and Saddle Islands to start pupping. Females usually give birth about a day after coming


I didn’t crash it!!

This week had a lot going on. While continuing to work on the acoustic research paper, work began on the population counts of grey seals on Hay and Saddle Island. I am utilizing a program called iTag to count the adult grey seals and the pups. This program allows me to place a marker on


Summer Research with Drones

First off, a little bit about me: My name is Lauren Arona. I am a rising senior at Wittenberg University majoring in biology and minoring in marine science. I am the president of the Marine Science Club, active in the Outdoors Club and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. This summer I have the


The COVE opens!

I’m happy to announce that we have now opened a new visualization facility for our research group – the Coastal and Ocean Visualization Environment. The details on the facility are here. This system is primarily designed to help visualize and analyze the large geospatial datasets we generate through telemetry projects, but also useful for other


“A Sea of Sound” Lesson Plan Published

Demi Fox, Julia Goss, Liza Hoos and I are proud to announce that our Lesson Plan called “A Sea of Sound” has been published in the new ALA Editions e-book, “Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms.”  According to an American Library Association press release, the book “speaks directly to librarians and educators working with


Sound in the Sea Day Success

On, April 17th, 164 Morehead City Middle School 6th grade students and their teachers and chaperones descended on the Duke Marine Lab for a day of learning about Sound in the Sea. The motivation behind Sound in the Sea Day was to give students outside the classroom experiences that connect to inside the classroom concepts,


Megafauna MOOC Concludes

Happy to report that I survived the first running of my Coursera MOOC: Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation. The course finished officially on April 6 with having 14,221 total learners signed up. Of these over 8000 watched lectures and over 4000 submitted quizzes and writing assignments. At the end of the class