The Erebus Bay Weddell Seal Population Study Principal Investigators and 2012 Field Team:
Dr. Robert Garrott, Co-Principal Investigator
Bob is a Professor in the Ecology Department at Montana State University and director of the MSU Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program. His work focuses on the abiotic and biotic ecological processes that influence mammalian populations and communities, in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and contributing to basic science as well as applied wildlife management and conservation through collaborations with state and federal natural resource agencies. Bob received his PhD in Wildlife Conservation, University of Minnesota, 1990. More on Bob.
Dr. Jay Rotella, Co-Principal Investigator
Jay is a Professor in the Ecology Department at Montana State University and member of the MSU Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program. His work focuses on animal population ecology, modeling and estimation of population parameters, and effects of abiotic and biotic factors on population dynamics. Jay's research includes both basic and applied topics that span from management of wild populations to life-history evolution. Jay received his PhD in Wildlife Biology, University of Idaho, 1990. More on Jay.
Dr. Donald Siniff, Co-Principal Investigator
Don is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota where his work has centered on the population dynamics of large mammals. Don's research has focused on the population characteristics of three species of Antarctic seals, concentrating on a long-term program on Weddell seals with shorter term studies on the crabeater and leopard seals of the Antarctic. He has also studied sea otters in Alaska and California since 1975. Don received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, 1967.
Thierry Chambert, Weddell seal research field team leader
Thierry is a PhD Candidate in the Ecology Department at Montana State University, and has been working on the Weddell seal project since 2010. His current research focuses on the expression of individual differences, in terms of survival and reproduction abilities, in wild animal populations. He is interested in how 'latent individual heterogeneity' interacts with environmental variability to eventually give rise to differences in individual fitness observed in nature. This research is based on the Weddell seal as a biological model. More on Thierry.
Jesse DeVoe, Weddell seal research field team
Jesse is a graduate student and research assistant at Montana State University, and has been working with the Weddell seal field research team on the Weddell seal project since 2010. His ecology work includes field data collection techniques and analyses, developing research projects, writing scientific papers, digital imaging and science communication. He is also working on the Greater Yellowstone Area Mountain Ungulate Project. Jesse received his BS in Biological Sciences, Fish and Wildlife Management from MSU, 2009. Jesse's Aspiring Ecologist blog.
Jessica Farrer, Weddell seal research field team
Jessica has been working on the Weddell seal field research team since 2009. She has worked as biotechnician and research assistant on projects involving harbor seals in Washington, Steller sea lions in Alaska, Hawaiian monk seals, and Galapagos sea lions, and has served as a North Pacific Groundfish Observer on fishing boats out of Alaska. Jessica has worked as a camera/research assistant for the BBC, and is an avid photographer, videographer, and scuba divemaster. She received her BA in Biology from Western Washington University, 2008.
Eric Johnston, Weddell seal research field team
Eric is a student at Montana State University in the Fish and Wildlife Management Program. He served 5 years as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army. He has experience in small mammal trapping, and mountain plover surveys with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and has worked to help ranches manage property for both wildlife and livestock success and sustainability, doing soil and vegetation surveys, small mammal trapping, trail camera and track plates surveys, and work with livestock. His goal is to go on to a Masters degree program involving wildlife studies.
Jason Jones, Weddell seal research field team
Jason has worked as a field biologist and environmental consultant on a number of projects since early 2000. He has extensive offshore and remote field experience in marine biology ranging from coral reefs, sea turtles, cone snails, seabirds, cetaceans, and other pinnipeds, including the Hawaiian monk seal, Steller sea lion, Northern elephant seal, California sea lion, and Australian fur seal. Jason received his MS in Biology from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in 2008.
Mary Lynn Price, Weddell seal project digital production
Mary Lynn has been working with the Weddell seal project since 2010 as an education and outreach video and multimedia producer and video podcaster. Her digital production background includes short format videos for news and science organizations, education institutions, travel groups and scuba diving operations, film festivals, art galleries, and internet projects. For the Weddell seal project, she developed and maintains a Weddell Seal Science multimedia web portal, and produces short videos for public outreach and informal science education. More on Mary Lynn.
Darren Roberts, Weddell seal research field team
Darren has worked as a biological research and field technician for numerous projects, including studies of monk seals, crocodiles, odontocetes, turtles, and fish. He has boating and research diving skills, including SSI Dive Control Specialist certification. He also provided field support for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems on tests aimed at lunar and martian exploration. He is an avid digital imager and music composer. Darren received his BA in Marine Science from the University of Hawai'i, Hilo, 2009. Darren's music and nature blog.