2012

Mee-ya Monnin, MMI InternFirst and last name: Mee-ya Monnin 


College: Oregon State University

Class Standing: Senior, majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Science

Project/Research Title: Marine Mammal Institute Undergraduate Intern

Research Summary: Mee-ya Monnin is working with Dr. Markus Horning during a six month internship studying the thermoregulation in Antarctic Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii. Part of her internship will be spent at the Hatfield Marine Science Center participating in preparation and calibration of telemetry equipment, while the remainder will be spent participating in field work in Antarctica. The project is a collaborative effort between Dr. Markus Horning at Oregon State University, Dr. Jo-Ann Mellish with the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, AK, and Dr. Allyson Hindle with the University of Colorado Denver. The project will quantify the heat exchange between seals and their environment for water and air, and will establish energetic models for estimating the cost of thermoregulation in Weddell seals. Monnin will help determine thermoregulatory costs for Weddell seals using innovative, animal-borne electronic data loggers under varied ambient conditions and as a function of size and body condition. Additionally, Monnin will be using and applying Photomodeler, a three-dimensional photogrammetric program which allows for the non-invasive estimation of body mass and condition using remote imaging. As part of only a seven person team in Antarctica, Monnin will play an active part in nearly all aspects of the project including: thermal and digital imaging, seal capture, restraint, weight measurement, sample collection, and application of telemetry equipment and heat flux sensors.

Mentor first and last name: Markus Horning

Mentor title: Associate Professor

Mentor Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU
Associate Professor (Affiliate) College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Marine Biology Texas A&M University at Galveston

Internship Program: Marine Mammal Institute


2011

 


Mee-ya Monnin, MMI Intern First and last name:Mee-ya Monnin

College: Oregon State University

Class Standing: Junior, majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Science

Project/Research Title: Marine Mammal Institute Undergraduate Intern

Research Summary: I have received the amazing opportunity to work with Dr. Markus Horning during a six month internship studying the thermoregulation of Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii. Part of my time will be spent at Hatfield Marine Science Center, participating in preparation and calibration of equipment while the remainder will be spent participating in field work in Antarctica.

Mentor Markus Horning, Associate Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife
Internship Site: Marine Mammal Institute