The WHET Lab logo was created in collaboration with renowned natural history illustrator Uko Gorter.
"Developing tag technology, advancing ecology, and informing conservation of the largest animals on Earth"
The Whale Habitat, Ecology, and Telemetry Laboratory (WHET Lab) focuses on researching whale movements in space and time. The study of this "movescape" is most often approached from a geographic frame of reference, but our interests also consider environmental, bio-marker, and socio-behavioral dimensions.
The WHET Lab’s vision is three-pronged, involving:
1. Tag technology development,
2. Addressing important but unanswered scientific questions in whale ecology, and
3. Ensuring that the new information generated reaches natural resource managers and that it is presented in ways that can most effectively lead to improved conservation measures for the whales and their habitats.
Created in 2020 by Dr. Daniel Palacios, the WHET Lab is the successor to the Whale Telemetry Group, the original lab founded by Dr. Bruce Mate, who did the first successful deployment of a satellite tag on a whale in 1986. With many tag deployments since then, we now hold a substantial amount of whale tracking data from across the globe. The WHET Lab honors Dr. Mate's legacy by using this data in combination with other earth observations to advance our understanding of whale habitat and to inform management strategies for whale populations.