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Remote Controlled Penguin Observatories

Spying on Emperor Penguins to understand their collective behavior.

Soundscapes of Remote Oceans

Understanding Marine Mammal Distribution using Passive Acoustic Monitoring

Whale Detection Technologies

Automatic detection of large whales to prevent ship-strike and exposure to underwater noise

Who stays warm?

Huddling Dynamics of Emperor Penguins

Going home after a long day in the field

ECHO & SPOT, our dreamteam to study emperor penguins


About the group

In the Marine Animal Remote Sensing (MARS) Lab at WHOI, we use remote sensing methods such as photography, satellites, radar, passive acoustic monitoring and robotics to study ecosystem health as well as behavior and ecology of top predators. We focus on two main systems, penguins and large whales, mostly somewhere on the southern hemisphere. We try to find general rules which govern motion of animals, groups of animals, or even populations and infer ecosystem health from measured collective behavior parameters. The topic of our work is reflected in the groups interdisciplinary composition where we are, biologists, engineers and physicists.