The Power of PAM
The Stafford Lab uses passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) to study the underwater soundscape around the globe. Eavesdropping underwater provides information on when and where marine mammals occur and what are the anthropogenic (human-caused) threats that impact marine mammal feeding, migration, and communication.
PAM is a powerful method that provides a window under the ocean’s surface 24-hours a day, year-round regardless of weather conditions. This is especially important in remote regions like the Arctic which can be ice-covered much of the year and experience 24 hours of darkness mid-winter.
Current projects in the lab include examining how climate change is impacting bowhead whale migration, how subarctic species are moving further into the Arctic, and how bowhead whale prey is aggregated by wind direction and upwelling in the Beaufort Sea.