2018 Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals - Post 2
This Arctic survey of marine mammals in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas has been conducted every year off the northern and western coasts of Alaska since 1979. A long-term dataset like this is extraordinary because it is both unusual and important. Exact survey dates and boundaries have varied over time, but the study goals, general survey area, and survey methods have stayed remarkably similar. ASAMM is co-managed and conducted by the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and funded and co-managed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Meet the Bloggers
Amelia Brower is a NOAA Fisheries affiliate with the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center through the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington (UW).
Amy Willoughby is a marine mammal biologist at NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Amy began her career in Florida where she conducted sea turtle nesting surveys.
Nicole Brandt Turner
Nicole Brandt Turner is a biologist with Ocean Associates, Inc., joining the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) project as a marine mammal observer for her first season.
Corey loved the ocean and all of its critters starting from a young age and has pursued job opportunities that allow her to work on, over, and near the salty seas. She began working with marine mammals and photo identification during college and has been lucky to continue in this, and other fields, since that time.