Tag Archives: Bree Witteveen

Marine Mammal Specialist Leaves Island, May Not Be Replaced

Bree Witteveen. Photo courtesy of UAF Kayla Desroches/KMXT Marine mammal specialist Bree Witteveen with the Marine Advisory Program is moving to the Lower 48, and Kodiak may not get a replacement anytime soon. Witteveen’s studies have focused on whales and she’s a research assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She’s also been active in investigating last summer’s massive …

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Two Marine Mammal Specialists Conduct Kodiak’s First Whale Survey of 2016

A dead gray whale floating in the ocean. Photo by Kate Wynne Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last summer, a mass die-off of at least 40 whales under unknown circumstances caused NOAA to declare an “unusual mortality event.”  Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago. On Friday, KMXT’s Kayla …

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Get Training Tips for Run the Rock

Brianna Gibbs/KMXT KMXT’s annual Run the Rock race is quickly approaching. This year, local triathlete Bree Witteveen is offering up her expertise by contributing to the Run the Rock blog. Whether you plan on participating in the race day festivities, or are looking to make running a part of your every day life, Witteveen’s blog offers a lot of information …

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Getting Up Close and Personal with Kodiak’s Whales


Marine mammal researcher Bree Witteveen takes aim with her air rifle at a humpback whale just offshore of Spruce Cape Friday. The air rifle fires a dart that samples the whale’s skin and blubber. Marine Advisory Program researchers have a special federal permit (NMFS Federal Research Permit # 14296) to approach the whales so closely and to collect the samples. …

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Getting to Know Kodiak’s Whale Population

Briannna Gibbs/KMXT Humpback and fin whale populations are increasing in the Kodiak archipelago, says Bree Witteveen, a marine mammal specialist and research assistant professor for the Marine Advisory Program. On Tuesday Witteveen gave a teleconferenced talk with students at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, but opened the talk to Kodiak residents at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center …

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