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SENIOR SCIENTIST • MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE &
PROFESSOR • COLLEGE OF EARTH, OCEAN, & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES • OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

 

 
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. PELAGIC ECOLOGY LAB

Kelly

. Through my research into how predators target their prey, I hope to elucidate key ecological processes in the ocean.

 

 

In the ocean, most resources are heterogeneously distributed and highly dynamic. I study how animals in the ocean deal with this – how they find food while avoiding being dinner themselves. Because most of these behaviors occur beneath the surface of the water, I use sound (sonar – sound navigation and ranging) to observe what’s happening beneath the waves. We’re learning that patchiness, the variability in resources over space, is critical to how animals from plankton to whales make a successful living.

 

Mailing/Express Delivery Address:
7700 Sandholdt Way
Moss Landing, CA 95039


Telephone:  831-775-1833

Email address: kbb_at_mbari.org


 

"… The emerging picture is one of an incalculably complex, finely tuned, and delicate interaction between predators and prey, chemistry and light, currents and water column, night and day. Some semblance of this spatial ballet, played in weightless three-dimensional darkness, has likely been part of the oceans since the oceans were brought to life: layers of life gathering in extremely high densities to feed or to avoid being eaten."

- Julia Whitty describing my work in Mother Jones Magazine