Dr. Read's is Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC. His research interests are in the conservation biology of long-lived marine vertebrates, particularly marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles.
We’re on our way home. A week ago the Gould arrived at Palmer Station and we were reunited with Dave, Ari and the rest of the Palmer LTER crew. We spent a frenzied day packing and tryingContinue reading
One of the best things about working down here in the Antarctic is the abundance and approachability of wildlife. This remains one of the few parts of our little planet in which humans areContinue reading
If you have been following the blog you have probably been wondering when I was going to get around to writing about those most charismatic of Antarctic megafauna – the penguins. Well, todayContinue reading
While we have been sampling whales and mapping krill around Palmer Station, Ari and Dave have been aboard the Antarctic Research Vessel L.M. Gould, doing much the same thing, except over a huge area.Continue reading
We can learn a huge amount about the whales we study from minute samples of skin and superficial blubber. We use a specially designed remote biopsy dart system to obtain a tiny sample fromContinue reading
Whales, whales, whales and more whales. It’s been crazy here at Palmer Station, with a continuous flow of humpback whales through our little study area. Every day we see and sample a bunch ofContinue reading
Our Antarctic research project is split into two field teams. Dave and Ari are aboard the 230-foot Antarctic Research Vessel Laurence M. Gould, which is conducting surveys and experiments at a large-scale along theContinue reading