Some of the hypotheses I would like to test are relative to understanding how top predators interact with their environment.
Several studies, including work done by Dr. Frazer, have shown that top predator populations in Antarctica respond differently to augmented climate change and variability
To date, there are very few data to address this question for cetaceans
It would stand to reason that animals that are larger, more mobile, and less dependent on an ephemeral prey source would not respond as quickly or dramatically as say penguins
Eventually, we will have comparable data sets for all top predators in the region, and over time, we can elucidate how the interannual variation that we saw in 2 years is manifested in top predator distributions, fitness, and population growth