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Working with “mer-dogs” aka California Sea Lions

  Mason Cole of the Vertebrate Ecology lab authored this post on California Sea Lions as part of Dr. Gitte McDonald’s Marine Mammal class blog series.   MLML Director Dr. Jim Harvey likes to say that harbor seals are the “cats … Continue reading

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Disentangling a Difficult Situation

This week’s story is a continuation of the MS211 Marine Mammals class series and comes to us from Bradley Wilkinson, a graduate student from San Jose State University. I had never seen so many whales before in my life. Standing … Continue reading

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A Day on the Water Tagging Whales

Brijonnay Madrigal of the Vertebrate Ecology lab authored this post on whale tagging as part of Dr. Gitte McDonald’s Marine Mammal class blog series.      Tagging marine mammals is a highly difficult procedure and a skill that requires extreme … Continue reading

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Monterey is Expensive: The cost of disturbance

Guest post by Heather Barrett of the Vertebrate Ecology Lab. The crisp morning begins with stretches, a barrel role here and there, and one of the members breaking off to search for a crab breakfast. The raft bobs as the distant … Continue reading

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Exploring the beach: A gateway to science

  Guest post by Tyler Barnes of the Geological Oceanography Lab. To say that I was not intrigued by science as a teenager would be an enormous understatement. I despised science. I often attribute uninspired teaching and an inadequate education … Continue reading

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Environmental Changes are Influencing Individuals, Not Just Populations

Written by San Jose State University graduate student, Abram Fleishman. Each December my news feeds, from Facebook and Twitter to professional listservs and mainstream news sources, are inundated by a flood of stories about one bird. Not one species of … Continue reading

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Life on the beach: My first field season as an elephant seal researcher

Third installment of the blog series by students enrolled in MS 211: Ecology of Marine Mammals, Birds and Turtles with faculty member Dr. Gitte McDonald.  By Kate High, SJSU undergraduate taking classes at MLML   Interning in the Vertebrate Ecology … Continue reading

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