AWR granted research projects

5 projects in 2 years



Hunting behavior of whales

Research project led by Dr Ari S. Friedlaender from Oregon State University in 2015


Friedlaender studyied the hunting behavior of hump back whales in relation to catches of krill in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Increasing our knowledge of the whale’s hunting patterns safeguards a sustainable ecosystem where the whale’s food provisions remains unharmed.

Hunting preferences of brush tail penguins

Research project led by Dr Andrew Lowther from the Norwegian Polar Institute in 2016

Lowther explored how brush tail penguins rely on krill swarms in order to successfully raise and fledge chicks during their breeding seasons. The research included placing GPS-tags on brush tail penguins and fur seals
to detect overlap in the area they hunt for food during the breeding season of penguins. The project found that fur seals swim further than expected, causing less concentrated pressure on krill as a food source.


Determining the age of Antarctic krill

Research project led by Dr Raouf Kilada University of New Brunswick in 2015.


Kilada aimed to develop a methodology to determine the age of Antarctic Krill. Knowing the age of krill gives better estimates for the recruitment and biomass of the species, and thus help secure the sustainability of the Antarctic krill.

Modelling the movement of Antarctic Krill

Research project led by Dr Sally Thorpe from British Antarctic Survey in 2016

Study in the South Orkney Island region focusing on the movement and behavior of krill swarms. Understanding and predicting how krill swarms moves is essential to better estimate the biomass of Antarctic krill in area 48.


Studying the movements of the Antarctic Krill

project led by Dr Mingshun Jiang from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, in 2016


Study focusing on krill movement in a different region than the project above (the Northern Antarctic Peninsula, Scotia Sea and South Georgia), and thus making the two research projects complementary.