2014-15: U.S. AMLR 29th Field Season Underway!
The U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program kicked off the 29th consecutive field season when the first team of researchers departed Punta Arenas (Chile) on October 27, 2014. On board the National Science Foundation's R/V Laurence Gould, the team headed for the Cape Shirreff field station on Livingston Island where they conducted predator (seabirds and pinniped) studies through early March. The Copa field team completed a brief season in January, also accomplishing their objectives for the season. This season promises to be very interesting, especially following on the heels of last season's winter oceanographic survey (you can read the reports for that survey here). AMLR researchers are excited to see how the local predators fare this austral summer following the strong prey cohort we observed during the winter survey.
The Cape Shirreff field camp opened early Halloween (October 31, 2014) morning; researchers completed pinniped and seabird studies on site into early March. Weekly reports from the team are posted below.
Weekly Sit Reps from Cape Shirreff study site
|CS Sit Rep 1: November 3, 2014||CS Sit Rep 2: November 10, 2014||CS Sit Rep 3: November 17, 2014|
|CS Sit Rep 4: November 24, 2014||CS Sit Rep 5: December 1, 2014||CS Sit Rep 6: December 8, 2014|
|CS Sit Rep 7: December 15, 2014||CS Sit Rep 8: December 22, 2014||CS Sit Rep 9: December 29, 2014|
|CS Sit Rep 10: January 5, 2015||CS Sit Rep 11: January 12, 2015||CS Sit Rep 12: January 19, 2015|
|CS Sit Rep 13: January 26, 2015||CS Sit Rep 14: February 2, 2015||CS Sit Rep 15: February 9, 2015|
|CS Sit Rep 16: February 16, 2015||CS Sit Rep 17: February 23, 2015||CS Sit Rep 18: March 2, 2015|
|CS Sit Rep 19: March 9, 2015||CS Sit Rep 20: March 13, 2015|| |
The U.S. AMLR Program is planning to conduct another winter oceanographic survey in August 2015 - stay tuned for more information as our plans develop!
Weekly Sit Reps from RVIB Palmer
|WAMLR Sit Rep 1: (dates TBD)||WAMLR Sit Rep 2: (dates TBD)||WAMLR Sit Rep 3: (dates TBD)|
|WAMLR Sit Rep 4: (dates TBD)|| || |
This season AMLR researchers conducted limited studies at the Copacabana Field Camp on King George Island. AMLR Director George Watters and seabird researcher Jefferson Hinke opened the Copacabana site on Monday, January 12th. They were on site for a few weeks, during which time they downloaded data from several recording instruments (cameras, weather stations and receivers) and completed several animal studies. Weekly reports describing their work - both scientific and logistic - are below. A comphrehensive field season report (to be completed later this year, covering both island site programs) will provide greater detail on what was accomplished during this brief but productive field season at Copa.
Be sure to check out our previous field seasons too - field reports are available for each season, and weekly progress reports are available for recent years.