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INTO THE LAB ...
A new study used hormone levels in feces to try to understand population changes of northern fur seals on St. Paul and Bogosolof Islands in Alaska and southern California. It assessed whether nutritional differences or other physiological stresses could explain their different populations trajectories.
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FROM THE FIELD ...
El Nino climate events are known to have devastating effects on South American pinniped populations. But since these populations manage to persist, is their life history specifically adapted to withstand such events? A new study of South American fur seals examined their capacity to rebound from natural and man-made population declines and what the natural maximum population might be.
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NUMBER CRUNCHING
How realistic are the critical habitats currently defined to protect the endangered Steller sea lion? A group of researchers at UBC tested how well the boundaries of Steller sea lion critical habitat in Alaska protect three important Steller sea lion prey species — walleye pollock, Pacific cod and Atka mackerel.
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STELLER NEWS
NOAA biologists recently reviewed the status of the Eastern population and concluded that the species has recovered sufficiently to be delisted and removed from the Endangered Species List. NOAA is now seeking public comment on their proposal to delist.
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VIDEO CONNECT
One of the unique Consortium research projects is studying trained Steller sea lions freely swimming and diving in local waters. As part of a series on the health of the world’s oceans, Vancouver Sun science reporter Larry Pynn interviewed UBC researcher Dr. David Rosen about the Open Water Research Laboratory, and how their trained Steller sea lions are helping in conservation efforts of their wild kin in Alaska.
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THIS JUST IN
A new crop of marine mammal scientists have just graduated through UBC's Marine Mammal Research Unit. Check out the latest theses from these up and coming researchers.
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SCIENCE IN DEPTH
Meals for Seals: Maximum rates of fish intake in northern fur seals
Young northern fur seals in Alaska face a constant struggle to capture enough food to survive. But how much food is enough, and which times of year are critical for growth? [more]

 
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Bering Sea Days on the Pribilof Islands
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