Whales, dolphins and porpoises (‘cetaceans’) are widespread throughout the oceans. However, there is still much to be learnt about their distribution, occurrence, and ecology.
Cetaceans spend the majority of their lives beneath the surface and are wide-ranging animals. Studying them therefore requires a large collaborative effort and a combination of research techniques. For example, surveys from land, vessels and air; visual and acoustic monitoring; professional and citizen scientists.
I am currently involved in various cetacean research projects based in Europe, Australasia, and East Africa.
Chris Burton – Western Whale Research
Dr Ben Drakeford – University of Portsmouth
Professor Christine Erbe – Curtin University
Organisation Cetacea (ORCA)
Dr Jonathan Potts – University of Portsmouth
Angela Recalde – Curtin University
Nick Riddoch – NRG Marine Consultants
Dr Chandra Salgado Kent – Edith Cowan University
Dr Holly Smith – Department of Biodiversity and Conservation (Western Australia)
Dr Deb Thiele – Department of Biodiversity and Conservation (Western Australia)
Dr Kelly Waples – Department of Biodiversity and Conservation (Western Australia)