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Herring Perform Stronger Collective Evasive Reactions when Previously Exposed to Killer Whale Calls

By Shubham Mathur, SRC Intern The ability of large schools of marine fish to react to predatory behaviors with high levels of coordination. Forming a school and synchronized swimming are used to reduce the risk on any individual, and to detect approaching threats. The Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) is an example of a species that […]

ICZM in Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Economic Conext

By Andriana Fragola, SRC Intern This paper discusses the problems and shortcomings hindering proper functioning of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) initiatives in Cuba. ICZM began in Cuba in 1992 after the Earth Summit meeting. However, planning documents have not taken the structure of the Cuban government into account, making it difficult to implement this […]

Trade-offs Between Energy Maximization and Parental Care in a Central Place Forager, the Sea Otter

By Trish Albano, SRC Intern Energy expenditure is a key component to consumer foraging strategies. In this study, the influence of prey availability and reproductive limitations were examined, in an effort to determine their impact on the foraging behavior of the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis). Theoretically, when food is plentiful, it is energetically […]

Why do Fishers Fish?

By Emily Rose Nelson, SRC Graduate Student Humans have been fishing for over 40,000 years. Initially, the world’s waters were thought of as a resource with no bounds. However, intensification of fishing pressure over the last 100 years has decimated fish populations, forcing us to realize that the oceans’ resources indeed do have limits. Today, […]