Through the Eyes of a Biologist —
The Modern Day Explorers
Field biologists have unique opportunities to observe and understand animals in their natural environment. We seek out extreme environments in an effort to better understand how animals work and what makes them tick. This is because in extreme environments the adaptations required to survive become more obvious and are easier to study. We have the good fortune to spend not just a few days, but many weeks or months in remote regions of the world. However, this means that we are in the field, in the bone numbing cold, in the pouring rain, or in blazingly hot sun, but it also means we are there on those rare and absolutely breathtaking and special days. Some of us carry a camera to both document our studies and to capture those special days to both remember as well as to share with others.
Dan's Current Exhibit:
Pfizer Inc Lunch and Learn Presents:
Through the Eyes of a Biologist
-The Modern Day Explorers-
Daniel P Costa, PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz
Antarctic Photo Exhibit: July 5th through October 27th, 2004
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
19th Floor Gallery
Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only
This display represents a series of images that were taken on two Southern Ocean GLOBEC research cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula during winters of July August and September of 2001 and 2002. This project was funded by the National Science Foundation with a goal to better understand the relationship between changing climate and the ecology of the Southern Ocean. I served as both the Chief Scientist as well as the lead investigator on a study of the diving behavior and movement patterns of crabeater seals. Crabeater seals feed primarily on krill and thus their livelihood is intricately linked to krill abundance, which is in turn linked to ice conditions that determined by the climate.
Daniel Costa Ph.D. is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has studies have taken him to Antarctic, Galapagos, Australia, Alaska and Africa. He has published extensively on the physiology and ecology of penguins, albatrosses, seals, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins and whales.
The development of this exhibit has been supported by Image King Inc.,
Kodak Inc., and Pfizer Inc.