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Tracking EPIRBs and Wildlife: Houston – we’ve got a problem here.

Written by: Site AdministratorPosted on: April 17, 2017Posted in: 60 North Science Blog
I just returned from Washington D. C. to garner support for a satellite launch necessary to maintain the Argos satellite-based wildlife tracking system that is critical for much of our research on Alaska’s marine wildlife. Learn about how Argos and Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) contribute to our economy, livelihoods, and science--and how these systems are in jeopardy.
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Research Retrospective: Seals, ships, and local conservation efforts

Written by: Site AdministratorPosted on: April 10, 2017Posted in: 60 North Science Blog
In the early 2000s, questions began to arise about whether the increasing number of visitors to Alaska were having negative impacts on seals. Were seals being disturbed by large cruise ships or smaller tour vessels visiting glaciers?
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Growing Up Fast: Studying Steller Sea Lion Development

Written by: Site AdministratorPosted on: April 4, 2017Posted in: 60 North Science Blog
If you have visited the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in the past few years, you may have seen young Steller sea lion pups swimming and playing from our underwater viewing area. We are working with these animals to construct a morphometric age determination model for sea lions 1 – 48 months ... 
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Sea ice and smartphones: How Native Alaskans are adapting to climate change in the Arctic

Written by: Site AdministratorPosted on: March 27, 2017Posted in: 60 North Science Blog
Our research in the Arctic village of Wainwright, Alaska shows that although it faces a suite of challenges due to climate change, this Iñupiat community has a lot of tricks up its sleeve to keep the subsistence lifestyle alive. By harnessing the power of social media, decision analysis, and traditional knowledge, people in Wainwright use a diverse array of strategies that help them adapt to rapid environmental changes in the Arctic.
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CROWDSOURCING SEA LION SCIENCE

Written by: Site AdministratorPosted on: March 17, 2017Posted in: 60 North Science Blog
This week we want to highlight a really cool science program that you can take part in! Launched by NOAA, Steller Watch is an opportunity to contribute to efforts to better understand Steller sea lion declines in the Western Aleutians.
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