Cetacean Occurrence and Behaviour

Whales, dolphins and porpoises (‘cetaceans’) are widespread throughout the oceans. However, there is still much to be learnt about their distribution, occurrence, and ecology.

Photo 4 - Sarah Marley - Common dolphin

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.

Collaborators:

Chris Burton – Western Whale Research

Dr Ben Drakeford – University of Portsmouth

Professor Christine Erbe – Curtin University

Jersey Government

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)