Living and Working in Barrow (now Utqiaġvik), Alaska (Cheryl Ross)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Cheryl Rosa, a research biologist and wildlife veterinarian, talks about her journey to Alaska and her work with bowhead whales. She explains how she started working in Alaska after a large oil spill and eventually ended up working for the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management. Dr. Rosa describes her fascination with bowhead whales and how she got involved in a project to assess their health. She talks about the various methods used to collect data and analyze the samples, including examining the tissues microscopically and looking at the health indices. Dr. Rosa notes how healthy the bowhead whales are compared to other marine mammals and how important it is to talk to local hunters and understand the culture in the region.