I Am Duke Environment - Photo Contest Spring 2017 Winners

  • Photo Contest Sp 17 - Grand Winner

    Kaelyn in the Bridge, grand prize winner
    by Kaelyn Maehara, MEM’19 (EEP)
    "This is a picture of me on the bridge of the MY Sam Simon during Operation Milagro III, where I serve as a quartermaster. Milagro III is a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society campaign in the Sea of Cortez where the crews of the MY Sam Simon and the MY Farley Mowat are removing illegal gill nets from indiscriminately killing the biodiversity in this beautiful marine ecosystem. The nets are being set illegally in the Vaquita refuge in an attempt to catch and kill the endangered species, the Totoaba for their valuable swim bladders that sell for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market in China. These nets are especially dangerous in this area because this is the only place in the world where the Vaquita porpoise exists, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With only 30 individuals left, our crews are in a race against time to remove and destroy as many of these destructive nets before the Vaquita is lost forever.

  • Photo Contest Sp 17 - Work Winner

    Bad Asses
    by Barbara Cozzens, DEL-MEM’17 -
    "As a mid-career professional, I’ve spent the past decade working at the intersection of livestock and carnivores in the West. Shortly after I began my Duke journey, a mountain lion began preying on my (beloved) goat herd. Until that point, I had thought myself fully versed in all aspects of human-wildlife conflict, but these very personal losses brought entirely new perspectives. In cases such as mine, wildlife managers recommend and facilitate lethal removal of the carnivore. But after coming face to whiskers with my foe – a magnificent, and massive, young male – that option came off the table. Instead I turned my ranch into a living laboratory for testing tools and techniques to prevent conflicts, not only with lions, but black bears and coyotes as well. I'm happy to report the lion has moved on to more appropriate prey, at least for now. All credit goes to my most fearsome and effective tools to date: two bad “asses” named Delmina and Nora (livestock guard donkeys pictured in the back). People featured in Photo:Barbara Cozzens (self)"

  • Photo Contest Sp 17 - Learn Winner

    View from Below
    by Alex Aines, MEM-CEM’17 -
    "While visiting the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas, where I had previously worked, I had a chance to assist with a field trip to Aya's Spot. Aya's Spot is a refuge site for juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris). At high tide they seek shelter in the mangroves from large predators. I helped observe these sharks at Aya's Spot as part of an ongoing research project looking at personality, specifically sociability, in these sharks. Photo taken by James Whicheloe and myself with a GoPro set up underwater utilizing a remote control to take the picture. Bahamas Research Permit MAF/FIS/17."

  • Photo Contest Sp 17 - Fun Winner

    Explorer's Squad
    by Wout Salenbien, PhD 4th year student -
    "This group portrait was shot as we just finished packing up to head out of the Peruvian rainforest again and into civilization. Funded by a National Geographic Society Young Explorer's grant, we managed to get this multinational team of young scientists in the field to go fossil hunting. After an exhausting 2 weeks of working and sleeping alongside the same small group of people, we were are still getting along great – although the rum might have helped with that too. People featured in Photo:Wout Salenbien (PhD, EOS), Lauren Gonzales (post-doc, Dep. of Ev. Anthropology), Dorien Devries (Stony Brook University), Luis Angel Valdivia (Universidad Nacional de Piura), Miguel Villar (Universidad Nacional de Piura), Gustavo Bejar (Yachay Tech), Chicky, Carlito, Orlando."

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    Whale, look what we have here!
    by Katrina Wert, MEM’17 (CEM)
    "Leading the Duke Marine Lab's Marine Conservation Biology course in Hawaii, Dr. David Johnston and Joe Fader lean closer to point out unique markers on the dorsal fins of short-finned pilot whales. By identifying individual whales, we can learn more about their populations and social structures. People featured in Photo: Dr. David Johnston, Duke Marine Lab Faculty, Joseph Fader, PhD student, Duke Marine Lab"