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AIAS Seminar: Mark Johnson, AIAS Fellow

How to get fat: Measuring the foraging behaviour of whales and seals

Info about event


Monday 31 May 2021,  at 14:15 - 15:30


The AIAS Auditorium, if possible. Virtually, if not.

The talk is streamed via Zoom. Join URL: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/61132656605 to attend.    

Speaker:  Mark Johnson, AIAS Fellow and Associate Professor


Hold your breath, dive into cold dark water and hunt! You need to find enough food for yourself and your young. How do you choose where to go? How do you catch fish efficiently that don't want to be caught? High resolution tags on whales and seals show us how individual animals solve these challenges and what resources they need to thrive. They also tell us how human activities may further add to the challenge of survival for marine predators. Short bio

Dr. Johnson develops bio-logging tags to study how animals find and capture food, using sound and movement as his main data sources. Having studied echolocating whales for many years, he is now working with sonar-equipped tags to explore how other marine predators search their vast environment for sparsely-distributed prey. Prior to his fellowship at AIAS, he worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.  

See  Mark Johnson's project at AIAS

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.