Signals of Spring - ACES - Animals in Curriculum-based Ecosystem Studiesimages of marine animals
US Santa Cruz & TOPP

In the Spotlight:

ACES Announces Exciting New Partnership

Dr. Simmons December Webcast on Northern Elephant Seals

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 images of marine animals

Our laboratory is interested in the adaptations of marine organisms to life in the marine environment, especially the movements, foraging ecology and energetics of pinnipeds and seabirds. Our research contributes to two major international initiatives: Tagging of Pacific Pelagics and Southern Ocean GLOBEC.


UC Santa Cruz:

How do you tag an elephant seal? Click here to find out!

Read more about the sea lion field work!

Recovering Sea Lion Tags in the Channel Islands

How to Catch a Sea Lion

Research Areas

  • Animal movement & behavior

  • Animals as ocean sensors

  • Physiological ecology

California Sea Lion Pictures

All sea lion photos taken in 2007 by Scott Hansen.

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Photos from this Season on San Nic Island:



Elephant Seal Pictures

Elephant seal photos, credit Sam Simmons.

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