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Theses


1986: Feeding ecology of the killer whale (4.4Mb) “Feeding ecology of the killer whale (Orcinus orca)” by Fred Felleman. A Masters thesis (177 pages) from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. 1988: Association patterns and social dynamics in greater Puget Sound (3.4Mb) “Association patterns and social dynamics of killer whales (Orcinus [...]

Library


Theses Masters and PhD theses related to orcas and their ecosystem(s). 2002: Do orcas use symbols? (208K) An online treatise by Howard Garrett positing that the theory of symbolic interactionism may help account for the divergent and complex cultural traditions found in sympatric orca populations. (October, 2002; 15 page PDF.) 2005: Proposed conservation plan for [...]

Live blog: Bill Ruckelshaus on ecosystem based management


Notes on “Ecosystem Based Management – It’s now up to us” at the NOAA/NWFSC Monster Jam seminar.  Bill introduced the talk by discussing how 97% of Puget Sound residents feel obligated to pass on a clean marine environment to their children, but very few think there are any substantial problems with Puget Sound. 11:15 Puget [...]

Live blog: Duwamish talk by Maclure at UW


Here’s my first attempt at live-blogging… 8:40-9:20 a.m. from the University of Washington’s Water Seminar. 8:40 Key findings of his and Lisa Stiffler’s investigation of the Duwamish estuary: Pollution is historic an ongoing; diversity is down; everyone is contributing to the problem (e.g. run-off) Some chemicals lethal; some not (Cu not good for young salmon; [...]

List of near-real-time sensors in orca habitat


There is an increasing number of near-real-time sensors like webcams out in SRKW habitat. In an effort to keep abreast of these resources (as a community), you can now access and modify my list of favorite sensors for monitoring orca habitat in the Orcasphere wiki. This is primarily a list of web cams and environmental [...]

Communicate


You can collaborate within the Orcasphere in the following ways: Read, contribute to, and comment on the Orcasphere blog Join an email list related to killer whales: subscribe to OrcaEd — A list for educators who teach about orcas (educational resources, events, etc.) subscribe to OrcaSci — A list for scientists who study orcas (research [...]

Super-pod at Battleship


Lat: 48 37.69N; Lon: 123 13.26W 1248 Making about 7kts toward Kellet Bluff. One of the frustrations of a sensitive hydrophone is that any abrasion of the cable against the hull of the boat results in quite a bit of noise. You can hear some of that in the last third of the recording, below. [...]

SRKW call frequency response to boat noise?


The field season is rolling, with all three southern resident killer whale pods “in the area,” and whale watchers packing all of our favorite boats. I’ve been hanging out with these animals for five years now, and for the first time I’m trying my hand at research. Here is the full text of my research proposal. [...]

$8B salmon recovery failure


This 60-Minutes story makes it clear that removal of the four lower Snake River dams makes fiscal sense to the American tax-payer.  As an oceanographer, however, I’m intrigued with how little seems to be known about how the salmon fare in the ocean.  Along with the dams, land-use, and pollution, the other major potential impacts [...]

Orcasphere migration


The web site is currently undergoing a renovation and migration. To save money and support open-source software, we are moving away from squarespace.com and to a Word Press installation on dreamhost.com servers. General blog articles from http://beamreach.squarespace.com, some images, and the public library will migrate here, while Beam Reach student blogs will go to http://beamreach.org/blog [...]