FOR STUDENTS WITH DREAMS OF BECOMING BIOLOGISTS, the chance to work and study in an immersive and pristine field environment can be life-changing, and there are few places more inspiring than Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Whale Foundation was created to assist individuals who needed financial and logistical support to achieve their marine-related research goals.  Today, AWF remains committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of biologists. AWF provides mentorship and financial assistance to graduate students, and invites undergraduate students to participate in field work.  In 2014, the organization expanded its commitment to education by developing the Center for Coastal Conservation, a facility that provides ongoing support for graduate students and exciting new opportunities for volunteers.  AWF also plans to develop accredited university field courses that will be offered at the CREC.  CLICK HERE to learn how you can get involved.

AWF is proud of its commitment to supporting graduate students, like Sean Hanser who completed his PhD research on aspects of the social and vocal ecology of Southeast Alaska humpback whales with the organizations help

AWF is proud of its commitment to supporting graduate students, like Sean Hanser who completed his PhD research on aspects of the social and vocal ecology of Southeast Alaska humpback whales with the organizations help

Volunteers, like University of Alaska Southeast undergraduate student Emma Blouin, are integral to AWF’s research program, and gain invaluable hands-on experience that will serve them well as they pursue careers in marine biology

Volunteers, like University of Alaska Southeast undergraduate student Emma Blouin, are integral to AWF’s research program, and gain invaluable hands-on experience that will serve them well as they pursue careers in marine biology

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The Ebb and Flow of Humpback Vocalizations

Because the tides have such a strong presence in the region and could be partially responsible for regulating the availability of the food supply, could they affect the humpbacks’ behavior? 

Andy Rogan is a globetrotting marine mammal biologist who spent the summer at the Coastal Research & Education Center. Andy shares his initial impressions of Southeast Alaska and reflects on the research potential of this uniquely wild region.