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COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: IMPACTS OF LOCAL OCEANOGRAPHIC PROCESSES ON ADELIE PENGUIN FORAGING ECOLOGY OVER PALMER DEEP

Agency:
NSF

National Science Foundation

Project Number:
1327248
Contact PI / Project Leader:
KOHUT, JOSH
Awardee Organization:
RUTGERS THE ST UNIV OF NJ NEW BRUNSWICK

Description

Abstract Text:
The application of innovative ocean observing and animal telemetry technology over Palmer Deep (Western Antarctic Peninsula; WAP) is leading to new understanding, and also to many new questions related to polar ecosystem processes and their control by bio-physical interactions in the polar environment. This multi-platform field study will investigate the impact of coastal physical processes (e.g. tides, currents, upwelling events, sea-ice) on Adélie penguin foraging ecology in the vicinity of Palmer Deep, off Anvers Island, WAP. Guided by real-time surface convergence and divergences based on remotely sensed surface current maps derived from a coastal network of High Frequency Radars (HFRs), a multidisciplinary research team will adaptively sample the distribution of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which influence Adélie penguin foraging ecology, to understand how local oceanographic processes structure the ecosystem.

Core educational objectives of this proposal are to increase awareness and
understanding of (i) global climate change, (ii) the unique WAP ecosystem, (iii) innovative methods and technologies used by the researchers, and (iv) careers in ocean sciences, through interactive interviews with scientists, students, and technicians, during the field work. These activities will be directed towards instructional programming for K-16 students and their teachers. Researchers and educators will conduct formative and summative evaluation to improve the educational program and measure its impacts respectively.
Project Terms:
Animals; Antarctic; arctic environment; Awareness; base; career; climate change; Ecology; Ecosystem; Evaluation; Event; field study; improved; innovation; Interdisciplinary Study; Interview; Island; Maps; Measures; Methods; Oceans; physical process; Phytoplankton; Process; programs; Research; Research Personnel; Sampling; Science; Scientist; Sea Ice; Spheniscidae; Structure; Students; Surface; teacher; Technology; Telemetry; Time; Work; Zooplankton

Details

Contact PI / Project Leader Information:
Name:  KOHUT, JOSH
Other PI Information:
Not Applicable
Awardee Organization:
Name:  RUTGERS THE ST UNIV OF NJ NEW BRUNSWICK
City:  NEW BRUNSWICK    
Country:  UNITED STATES
Congressional District:
State Code:  NJ
District:  06
Other Information:
Fiscal Year: 2013
Award Notice Date: 16-Aug-2013
DUNS Number: 001912864
Project Start Date: 15-Sep-2013
Budget Start Date:
CFDA Code: 47.050
Project End Date: 31-Aug-2016
Budget End Date:
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Project Funding Information for 2013:
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FY Total Cost
2013 NSF

National Science Foundation

$608,624

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