IAB Life Science Hour Seminar Series
|Name:||Jennifer Moss Burns|
|Professor. University of Alaska Anchorage.|
|Title:||Long Days and Long Nights – How Extreme Seasonality Influences the Annual Life Cycle of Weddell Seals in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica|
|Date:||Friday, 4 September 2015|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
Jennifer Moss Burns earned a B.S. in marine biology and zoology from UC Berkeley 1990, M.Sc. in fisheries from University of Washington 1993, and Ph.D. on juvenile Weddell seals with Mike Castellini and Ward Testa from the University of Alaska Fairbank (School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences) in 1997.
Burns was a post-doc with Dan Costa at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her research focused on physiological development in harbor seals in Alaska and California; and harp, and hooded seals off the coast of Greenland by collaborating with folks at UIT in Tromso, Norway.
She returned to Alaska in 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and continues there as a full professor. Current projects focus on behavioral and physiological ecology of species in Alaska through collaborations with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, The National Marine Mammal Laboratory, and U.S. Geological Survey. Canadian Arctic collaborators include the collaborations Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Burns returned to work in the Antarctic first on crabeater seals off the Antarctic peninsula, and since 2009 on Weddell seals in McMurdo Sound.
Research in her lab has focused on understanding how animal health and physiological condition influences behavior, and how changes in environmental conditions might influence both physiological status and behavioral options.
About the Speaker:
Jennifer Burns' research focuses on understanding how the age and physiological status of juvenile marine mammals influences their diving and foraging capacities, and on how differences in rates of physiological development impact life history traits.
Burns currently has an active research program focused on understanding whether the rate and extent of neonatal physiological development is closely correlated with the onset of independent foraging. For all marine mammals, the ability to remain submerged for long periods of time is largely dependent on two parameters: the amount of oxygen that can be carried to depth, and the rate at which it is used.
However, Burns' research has suggested that juvenile behaviors are constrained as a result of higher oxygen use rates, smaller reserves, and reduced body size, and that these constraints likely impact growth and survival.
In her research, Burns uses a wide variety of analytical tools including computerized dive recorders, satellite telemetry and GIS techniques, as well as several more hands-on techniques such as measuring heart rate and respiration patterns, energy use, and animal condition and health status.
Browse Life Science Hour Seminars
Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact one of the seminar coordinators or the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.The fall 2015 faculty coordinators for this seminar series are Todd Brinkman and Greg Breed. The staff coordinator is Marie Thoms. Beginning in 2013, many of the seminars were recorded and can be viewed online. Speakers are listed in chronological order within academic years.
- 8/28/15 (Sammy L. King)
- 9/4/15 (Jennifer Moss Burns)
- 9/11/15 (Mimi Koehl)
- 9/18/15 (Vadim B. Fedorov)
- 9/25/15 (Richard Boone)
- 10/2/15 (Robert "Trey" Coker)
- 10/16/15 (Jack Chen)
- 10/23/15 (Knut Kielland)
- 10/30/15 (Danny Caudill)
- 11/6/15 (Bill Streever)