Pink Moon

April 06, 2012

“A Pink Moon is the full moon of April, named for the herb, “moss pink”, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because […]


March 14, 2012

  Maybe it’s a sign that we’re spending too much time in front of our computers these days, but it’s been fun to post some of our favourite whale & dolphin pictures on Pinterest.  Pinterest is a wildly popular and addictive website that allows you to pin, post & share photographs.  It has allowed us […]

Happy LEAP(S) Year

February 29, 2012

Happy Leap(s) Year! Here, we call it LEAPS Year, because that’s the snazzy acronym for our dolphin project:  Lagenorhynchus Ecology, Abundance and Population Status. This time of year, our dolphin research involves a lot of time in front of the computer.  We’re training computers to screen thousands of hours of underwater recordings to detect dolphin calls in […]

Five Ways to Show Your Love for the Ocean.

February 14, 2012

Whale you be my Valentine? I dolphinately will! Illustration by Leafeon via Quid Pro Quo on Tumblr   Love prompts us to do brave, romantic and sometimes foolish things.  To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, today we’re asking ourselves:  How do I love thee, Ocean?  Let me count the ways.  We came up with 5.  On Valentine’s Day this […]


January 01, 2012

Our plan was to spend a quiet year in Scotland.  Erin’s making great strides on her PhD on Pacific white-sided dolphins.  Rob won a Marie Curie Fellowship to model the effects of noise on whale populations.  But MAN!  This ended up being one of our busiest years ever.  Here are 11 of our highlights of […]

The Little Boat That Could…

August 06, 2011

It’s amazing what you can accomplish from a little boat! Here’s a photo of Rob preparing a pop-up hydrophone (a microphone that listens underwater) for deployment.   Our colleagues at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology invented these amazing hydrophones that sit on the sea-bed and record all the sounds in the ocean including whales, dolphins […]

Big Skye Country

July 25, 2011

In the summer, you can you usually find Rob, Wishart (the dog) and me doing field work in our little boat with whales and dolphins in British Columbia, Canada.  This year’s different. We’re in a new country.  Scotland.  I’m finishing my PhD on dolphin ecology and Rob is in the middle of his Marie Curie […]


May 15, 2011

It’s that time of year again.  Pacific white-sided are making appearances in the waters throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Last month, Knight Inlet, BC was bursting with Pacific white-sided dolphins and we were there to collect ID photographs, acoustic recordings (Click here to listen) and prey samples. Soon after our Knight Inlet trip ended, our colleague, […]