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?
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.
Jim Hawkes is a research fishery biologist that works with Atlantic salmon in our Orono office.
He telemetry tags salmon smolts to monitor their movements. Through his research, Jim and other NOAA staff, have been able to identify smolt behaviors, speed, as well as how many die or successfully make it to the ocean.