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Frontiers Abroad Student Research Publications and in the News

Recent Publication

We have recently had student research published in Frontiers in Marine Science – Thermal Imaging and Biometrical Thermography of Humpback Whales. Associate Professor Travis Horton’s collaboration with Nan Hauser led to Frontiers Abroad students Alice Oline and Ming Khan to travel to Rarotonga and investigate the use of thermal imaging for humpback whales.



Horton TW, Oline A, Hauser N, Khan TM, Laute A, Stoller A, Tison K and Zawar-Reza P (2017) Thermal
Imaging and Biometrical Thermography of Humpback Whales. Front. Mar. Sci. 4:424. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00424


In the News

Two projects based out of Rarotonga have recently received interest from the local news, please follow the links below to see this exciting research.


Archaeological Research in Rarotonga Using Non-Invasive Infra-Red Imaging

Frontiers Abroad summer student with a team from the Department of Geological Sciences and the Geography Department at the University of Canterbury are investigating the use of Infra-Red imaging as a non-invasive technique of investigating archaeological sites both here in New Zealand and in Rarotonga. The story has recently been published in the Pacific Island Report.




Rarotongan Humpback Whale Research

Frontiers Abroad has been working with a research team in Rarotonga to investigate the use of Infrared imaging to identify humpback whales. Click the link to read the full article published in the Pacific Island Report Humpback Whale Research. The team led by Travis Horton, associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury has been collaboratively working with Nan Hauser in Rarotonga on whale research.