Kat Nikolich, a Western Washington University (WWU) graduate research student, is collaborating with JASCO Applied Sciences to deploy one of its Autonomous Multichannel Acoustic Recorders (AMARs) this summer to measure the vocal repertoires of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) breeding in the northern Strait of Georgia, BC. Nikolich, who is completing a master’s degree in biology, will work with JASCO bioacoustics expert and pinniped specialist Dr. Héloïse Frouin-Mouy.
The specialized acoustic recorder will be anchored to the seabed near one of the largest seal haul-outs in the region, on the south shore of Hornby Island. The device will record sounds continuously from June through September, spanning the full breeding season of the seals. At the same time, a research team from WWU, comprised of a dedicated team of undergraduate students led by Kat, will observe the seals’ activity from the shore nearby.Read More