Fall 2005 Program

The first undergraduate class (051) occurred from August 21 to October 30, 2005. Students trained at the Friday Harbor Laboratories for 5 weeks through interactions with the people who research and work with the southern resident orcas. They spent a second 5 weeks observing the whales and their environment aboard a 42' sailing catamaran. They took home a rigorous scientific experience and 18 science credits from the University of Washington.

The first class of Beam Reach students developed individual research projects that built upon recent successes in pin-pointing orcas when they make sounds underwater. They deployed hydrophones and active sonar from docks, beaches, and boats. They explored sustainable technologies and practices -- from burning biodiesel to broadcasting whale calls -- that can mitigate acoustic impacts on the orca population.

Syllabus (Word format)
Student Field Guide (Fall, 2005)
Resources and references

Images, video, and sounds

Photo archive
Sound archive
Movie archive

PugetSoundscape (interactive Google map of underwater sounds)
mac.com HTML version (10/29/05) | local Flash version (11/29/05)
  Scientific results and recollections

Papers (0.2-2Mb), presentations (1.5-17Mb, some with sounds), and blogbooks:
Celia BarrosoKiller Whale Vocal Response to Vessel Traffic
Paper | Presentation | Blogbook
Brett BeckerMapping the Southern Residents' Acoustic Habitat
Paper | Presentation | Blogbook
Laura ChristofersonDiurnal Acoustic Activity of Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea
Paper | Presentation | Blogbook
Courtney KneippKiller Whale Calf Vocalization Development: Understanding Cultural Transmission Through Acoustics
Paper | Presentation | Blogbook
Nicole LeeCorrelation between vocalization and breaching
Paper | Presentation | Blogbook
Wilfredo SantiagoEcholocation and strategy used by Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) during foraging
Paper | Presentation | Blogbook

Visiting scientists:
Rachael Griffin's blogbook
Rachael's photos I: Students aboard M3 vessel with Rachael
Rachael's photos II: Rachael sails with Beam Reach for 1 week