The Erebus Bay Weddell Seal Population Study
Principal Investigators and 2013 Field Team:
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. 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. 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. More on Don.
Dr. Thierry Chambert, Weddell seal research field team leader
Thierry successfully defended his dissertation for his PhD at Montana State University in 2013 based on his Weddell research work. He 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.
Michael Yarnall, Weddell seal research field team
Michael has worked as a research assistant and field technician for wildlife projects involving ungulates, mammalian predators, birds, and fish. He first worked on the Weddell seal project in 2011. Most recently he worked as a fisheries technician for Utah State University on several projects in Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. He has extensive backcountry experience, including glacial travel, winter camping in snow shelters, and high altitude mountaineering. Michael received his BS in Ecology and Evolution and Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, 2011. In addition to previous work on the Weddell Seal project, Michael has worked as a wildlife technician on a variety of projects and species, including, goshawks, sage grouse, and trout. He has also done a diverse mixture of vegetation work in old growth forest and sage brush steppe ecosystems.
John Terrill Paterson, Weddell seal research field team
Terrill is a PhD student at Montana State University, and has a background in science education. He began working on the Weddell seal project in 2013.
Brandi began working with the Weddell seal population project in 2013. She is completing her MS at Montana State University.
Joel began working with the Weddell seal population project in 2013. He recently received his BS in Biological Sciences from Montana State University.
Mary Lynn Price, Weddell seal project video and digital producer
Mary Lynn has been working with the Weddell seal project since 2010 as a public outreach and informal science education video and multimedia producer. Her digital production background includes short format videos for news and science organizations, educational institutions, 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. She has deployed to Antarctica to produce videos since 2008 when she participated in an International Polar Year project producing short video portraits on woman working in Antarctica. Her more recent work involves editing 4K stereoscopic 3D underwater footage for natural history cinematographers. More on Mary Lynn.