The Whale Habitat, Ecology, and Telemetry (WHET) Lab’s vision is three-pronged, involving tag technology development, addressing important but unanswered scientific questions in whale ecology, and 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.

Created in 2020, 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 will honor Dr. Mate's legacy by using this data in combination with other earth observations to advance our understanding of whale habitat and to inform mitigation and management strategies for whale populations.