Right Whale Paper Published
A paper by GMI marine scientists Amy Whitt, Kathleen Dudzinski, and Jennifer Laliberté has been published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The authors summarize right whale sightings and acoustic data collected from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New Jersey’s nearshore waters.
Cultural Resources TxDOT Win
The Cultural Resources group of the GMI Environmental Services Division was awarded an Archeological General Services contract by the Texas Department of Transportation in February. One of four awardees, GMI will be involved in archeological survey, test excavations for National Register eligibility determinations, and data recovery projects across the state of Texas.
Biological Inventory Study for Melrose AFR
GMI wildlife biologists, in conjunction with Cannon AFB and Melrose AFR, initiated surveys for a Biological Inventory Study of a 10,968 acre area of land gifted to Melrose AFR by the state of New Mexico.
GMI to Support Fishermen's Energy with Environmental Impact Efforts
As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, GMI will support the Fishermen's Energy team with R&D for the advancement of traditional thermal and video imaging systems related to the assessment of nocturnal animal (bird, bat) occurrence, strikes and behavior around offshore wind turbines.
GMI Researchers Contribute to Texas Archaeological Literature
Nancy Kenmotsu is a co-editor and author of a new book published by Texas A&M University Press: The Toyah Phase of Central Texas: Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes. The volume is about the hunter-gatherers living in central Texas from AD 1300 – 1700.
Estabrook Heads Cultural Resources Dept.
Following 20+ years working as a Project/Program Manager for several of the largest cultural resources firms in Florida, Rich Estabrook has joined GMI as Cultural Resources Program Manager in the Plano corporate office.
Ocean/Wind Power - Underwater Acoustic Surveys
In 2008-2009, GMI conducted the first ever ecological baseline study in U.S. waters in advance of offshore wind development. This study, done for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, included underwater acoustic surveys for the presence and seasonality of marine mammals. In this video, GMI senior acoustician, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, discusses what equipment was used, why the underwater acoustic surveys were conducted, the deployment and recovery process, and a few of the animals identified during data analysis. Also included is a look at the marine autonomous units (pop-ups) used, marine mammal species recorded, and footage of the deployment/recovery process.
Ocean/Wind Power - Aerial Surveys
The study also included aerial surveys for marine mammals and sea turtles. Scientists in this video discuss how aerial surveys were conducted and what was observed when flying offshore New Jersey, and explain how the aerial surveys contribute to the larger baseline study. Also included is footage of the plane used for the surveys, what it looks like to see dolphins from the air, and the types of equipment scientists use to collect data on this type of survey.
Ocean/Wind Power - Offshore Shipboard Surveys
In this third video, scientists discuss how they surveyed for various animals, why a survey like this is useful for planning a windfarm, and how the data is used. Additionally, the team was filmed working onboard the University of Delaware's R/V Hugh R. Sharp and footage was captured of some of the marine wildlife that occur off New Jersey, such as North Atlantic right whales and loggerhead sea turtles.
Film Producer: John Anderson, Terramar Productions