US Antarctic Interview Series
Dan P. Costa
Director Institute of Marine Science
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
For our second interview series, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Costa, a renowned marine biologist and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dan has dedicated his career to studying the foraging ecology and reproductive biology of marine mammals and seabirds, and has conducted research on almost all of the Antarctic pinnipeds during his tenure. In the interview, Dan discusses his experience studying various seal and sea lion species in California, Australia, and Antarctica. He also highlights recent developments in technology within his field which allows researchers to study how seals feed and sleep within the water column. We also talked about Dan’s participation in the SCAR Expert Group on Birds and Animals, EG-BAMM which spans over 30 years of involvement.
Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology
Centre for Ecology and Conservation
In this interview series, I had the pleasure of speaking with Luis Huckstadt, a talented oceanographer and former PhD student of Dan Costa. I caught up with Luis over the phone while he was en route to Palmer Station in Antarctica. We spoke about his upcoming fieldwork aimed at studying how crabeater seals are able to locate food in their nearby environment. We also discussed his involvement in the SCAR Scientific Research Program on Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation (Ant-ICON) group and the collaborative work that stemmed from it.
US Antarctic Scientists Directory
US-SCAR has created the US Antarctic Scientists Directory and you are invited to register! The intent of the Directory is to have a list of scientists who work in the US Antarctic Program (USAP).
The US Antarctic Scientists Directory will serve as a resource for new Antarctic proposers, will provide a means for people currently involved in USAP activities to find potential collaborators, will allow the general public to learn more about USAP activities and accomplishments, and provide a number of other benefits to the US Antarctic community.