Distribution and Abundance of Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles and Seabirds along the Atlantic Coast
Our lab is part of a consortium of academic institutions that is implementing a large-scale monitoring program to provide the U.S. Navy with baseline data on the occurrence, density and residency patterns of marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles at three reference sites in the Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training area. We are conducting year-round field work off Cape Hatteras and Onslow Bay, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. The Consortium includes Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of St. Andrews. Our monitoring program includes line transect vessel and aerial surveys, photo-identification, biopsy sampling, behavioral observations and passive acoustic monitoring using towed arrays and High Frequency Acoustic Recording Packages. This program is yielding a rich picture of the distribution and ecology of marine megafauna in these three areas. This project is supported by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic.
Population Structure of Bottlenose Dolphins in North Carolina
Distribution and Abundance of Marine Mammals in Camp Lejeune