Documenting a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins.
Our research is based on the use of systematic boat-based surveys for describing the distribution and habitat use of different
marine mammal species. We employ photo-identification techniques for the recognition of individual whales and dolphins, and we have
developed new statistical approaches for using these data to determine abundance estimates and occupancy patterns. This photographic sampling
is complemented by the collection of skin and faecal samples for molecular genetic analysis, and we have developed a novel technique for the successful
amplification of marine mammal DNA from faeces.
These genetic techniques are being used to assess levels of genetic diversity and investigate the structuring of marine mammal populations.
Detailed observations, both vessel-based and shore-based, are made on behaviours, habitat use, and social interactions to better understand the
ecology of marine mammal species sighted.
General Objective: Examining coastal Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population ecology.
General Objective: Assessing the ecology of Blainville's beaked whales.
General Objective: Understanding sperm whale occurrence around Abaco Island.
To contribute to a worldwide stock assessment study of this endangered
species (conducted by the SW Fisheries Center, La Jolla, CA, USA).
General Objective: Documenting marine mammal occurrence and distribution in The Bahamas.