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As Research Leader of the Cetacean Ecology Research Group, my research interfaces marine biology, behavioural ecology, vet pathology and animal welfare science. In particular, my programme focuses on anthropogenic impacts which affect individuals as well as populations, including toxicology, vessel impacts (direct/indirect) and human-wildlife interactions. As a current Rutherford Discovery Fellow, I am assessing how AI and Animal Welfare Science can increase the effectiveness of human intervention efforts during mass stranding events. Specifically, I am addressing the conservation-welfare nexus that occurs when the humans intervene to rescue wildlife. As the inaugural Strandings Coordinator (2018-2020) for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and current serving specialist on the IWC Strandings Initiative Expert Panel, my international engagement on matters of strandings investigation and emergency response is globally recognised.
Marine mammal ecology and biology. Specific research interests in behaviour and anthropogenic activities and their potential effects on delphinid populations including tourism, pollution and fisheries interactions.
Field of research codes
Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205): Zoology (060800)
Marine Ecology; Welfare Science; Anthropogenic Impacts; Behaviour; Marine Mammals; Strandings; Tourism
Project Title: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship - The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), innovative technologies and evolutionary theory to address the conservation-welfare nexus during human-wildlife inter
Date Range: 2019 - 2024
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
I am currently on a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2019-2023) though still enjoing teaching 196.327 Marine Mammalogy
As a member of the Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) and co-chair of the College of Science Early Career Researcher (ECR) forum, I am a passionate supervisor who likes to engage with postgraduates as ECRs on their early steps of a research career.
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