Monthly Archives: July 2017

Eavesdropping on the ocean

A day in the life of a cetacean acoustician By Shannon Coates and Rachel Holton Early mornings–late evenings–listening some of the world’s most majestic marine mammals… welcome to the life of an acoustician at sea. Using a unique set of … Continue reading

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Benny and the Genes

By Stacie Robinson What does “aaaaaaaaaaggaattgtgaagactatat” mean to you? To the scientists of NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, it means the beginning of  a new era of conservation research that will help them better understand this unique Hawaiian species … Continue reading

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Made ya look!

By Rachel Holton Visual observers are vital to locating cetaceans (whales and dolphins) during the ongoing Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS). The role of an observer is to scan the surface of the water using 25-powered binoculars … Continue reading

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This is the end, beautiful friend, the end

by Molly Timmers After three days of travel across space and time, we arrived in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. This country is located about an hour’s flight northwest from Darwin, Australia across the Timor Sea. It shares its border … Continue reading

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READY, SET, LOAD!

What does it take to prepare for a 187-day research mission? By Rachel Holton The 2017 Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS, pronounced “high-seas”) is a 187-day survey for cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and seabirds within the U.S. … Continue reading

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Philippines-U.S. Exchange Knowledge in Marine Resource Management

by Megan Moews-Asher What makes a successful exchange span from across an agency to across nations? The people! Recently, a group of high-level and expert scientists, managers, policymakers, and law enforcement officials from the Philippines and U.S. came together in … Continue reading

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