Kelly Shrader

Kelly is a fourth year Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major currently working on completing a senior thesis with the Costa Lab regarding the first migrations of weanling northern elephant seals.

Gearing up for a Winter with elephant seals

I had never thought about how large elephant seals really are until I was standing next to a sleeping bull elephant seal for the first time, feeling exceptionally small. I have been going to Año Nuevo with the Costa Lab since April 2016 as a fortunate participant in the field course BIOE 128L, yet I had never encountered a full-grown male elephant seal until recently. The males had departed the breeding ground by the time …

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