WCS wildlife biologist Joel Berger has been a wildlife researcher for nearly 40 years. His work on black rhinoceros, pronghorn antelope, and musk oxen has had concrete impacts on their long-term survival. He was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, the largest monetary prize awarded in the field of wildlife conservation. Learn about Joel Berger by watching this video.
Dr. Rebecca Bentzen and others looked at six species of declining shorebirds to determine whether population declines were due to conditions on arctic breeding grounds. The November article posted on phys.org suggests that the deleterious effects to populations are not indeed occurring on arctic breeding grounds.
One of the effects of climate change has been increased shipping traffic, and thus, noise pollution in the arctic in recent years. WCS is studying the effect of ocean noise on marine mammals in the Arctic, and has written about it on the National Geographic blog, Ocean View.
Arctic Beringia Program Director Martin Robards, along with Senior Conservationist George Schaller, published an editorial in the New York Times urging protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Long-term monitoring at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska was one of the early WCS projects in arctic Alaska. In conjunction with this work, Rebecca Bentzen and others recently published a paper in Polar Biology looking at the impacts of development in the arctic through the use of real and artificial nests.
August 2, 2017
Joel Berger’s recent work on musk oxen involves donning a grizzly bear costume. “To understand the elusive musk ox, researchers must become its worst fear. How posing as a grizzly helps one biologist grasp the threats facing this ancient beast. “
May 19, 2017
Arctic Beringia Program Director Martin Robards writes about Rush hour in the Bering Strait, the mass movement of animals between the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean and the effects of both climate change and industry on their habitat.
April 5, 2017
A coordinated effort to study the migratory connectivity of semipalmated sandpipers included the deployment of geolocators at the WCS shorebird camp located on the Ikpikpuk Delta on Alaska’s North Slope. Avian researcher Rebecca Bentzen was a co-author on “Migratory connectivity of Semipalmated Sandpipers and implications for conservation”, published in The Condor in 2017.
December 15, 2016
Avian researcher Rebecca Bentzen has branched out to halibut. She writes about mercury concentrations in Pacific Halibut in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.
November 23, 2016
An article in Nature in which WCS avian researcher Rebecca Betnzen was a co-author describes behavioral rhythms of shorebirds in the context of biparental care during the nesting season of arctic shorebirds. WCS contributed data from its Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network site at the Ikpikpuk River Delta on the North Slope of Alaska.
November 22, 2016
A new article posted on Mongabay, and curiously titled “Silent soldiers of the extreme, or why I’m glad I’m not a wild yak” is as much a tale about the unsung large mammals of the world as it is about the need to take a deep breath and steel ourselves for continuing to work for the conservation of these species living in the “planetary margins.”
September 1, 2016
WCS has been studying shorebirds, and particularly Dunlin, for many years in arctic Alaska. In cooperation with Russian researchers, we have also looked at the migration cycle of Calidris alpina sakhalina with the deployment of geolocators. Rebecca Bentzen and co-authors wrote about this work for Wader Study.
August 22, 2016
Science Daily highlights a paper published in Wader Study based on fieldwork in Russia and Alaska. The paper highlights the importance of coastal intertidal habitat along the East Asian Australasian Flyway to shorebirds breeding in Chukotka and Alaska.
May 13, 2016
The Sea Duck Joint Venture, which partially funded WCS-led estimates of the King and Common Eider populations migrating past Point Barrow, Alaska in 2015 and 2016 has featured the project in their first newsletter.
May 4, 2016
The Arctic Wolverine Ecology study conducted by WCS Arctic Beringia Program is featured on the main WCS blog, Wild View.
April 29, 2016
Rebecca Bentzen, Avian Program Coordinator for the Arctic Beringia program co-authors a paper in Movement Ecology about the potential negative effects of tracking shorebirds with geolocators.
March 7, 2016
Arctic Beringia Program Director Martin Robards co-authored a paper entitled “Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment”, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
February 19, 2016
February 11, 2016
The website www.phys.org features a summary of a recent paper co-authored by Arctic Beringia Program Director Martin Robards. The paper, published in Bulletin of Marine Science, looks at the use of the Automatic Identification System, a marine navigational system used to track vessels and its potential use in helping those vessels avoid marine wildlife.
January 8, 2016
Joel Berger’s work on musk oxen has been written about in US News and World Report.