Exploring the Bowhead Whale Feeding Hotspot near Barrow, AK

Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 7-8 PM
Location: Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research

Carin Ashjian

The 4th guest speaker of the CSCR seminar and discussion series is Dr. Carin Ashjian, Senior Scientist at the Department of Biology at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Ashjian will discuss her exploration of the Bowhead Whale Feeding Hotspot near Barrow, AK.

Abstract: The ocean near Barrow, Alaska is a known feeding hotspot for bowhead whales during their fall migration past Barrow from their summering grounds in the Canadian Arctic to the northern Bering Sea. Iñupiat communities along the Alaska coast, and at Barrow, have hunted bowhead whales for centuries during the whales’ migrations; whaling is an integral part of their culture. We have been working near Barrow in late summer since 2005 to identify what makes this location a good place for the whales to find food, and thus the Iñupiat to find whales, how the ocean environment varies from year to year, and how climate variability could change this.

This is a free presentation seminar and discussion event hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston’s South Shore. The CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism. General attendance and participation is complimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.