Dr. Van Parijs is listening for responses from the acoustic equipment being deployed.
As the acoustics team lead of the Protected Species Branch, she studies acoustic ecology. Her research focuses on ocean noise effects: how does marine life behave acoustically, and how are humans effecting them?
Retrieving acoustic "pop up" buoys. Pop ups are deployed and left along the ocean floor continuously recording for months at a time. Once collected, the data is processed and analyzed.
Denise is a senior acoustician. Her research focuses on minke whales for the completion of her phD.
Marine mammal observers take watch on the deck of the NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow. Allison is looking through the big eyes, which are high powered binoculars for looking at great distances.
Allison is part of the aerial survey team where she observes the distribution and abundance of marine mammal populations.
Photographing a North Atlantic right whale for identification purposes. By taking pictures of the whales observed, we can identify and track individuals of the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population.
Peter is part of the aerial survey team where he observes the distribution and abundance of marine mammal populations.