Passive acoustics and abundance estimation

Reliable estimates of population abundance are fundamental to the effective management and conservation of any species. However, estimating the abundance of cetaceans, which spend the large majority of their lives concealed underwater, can be difficult. Approaches have been developed, and are being refined for using the underwater sounds of cetaceans, to estimate their numbers. Passive […]

Galveston Bay bottlenose dolphins: 2016

Bottlenose dolphins in Galveston Bay (GB), Texas, live in one of the most industrialized estuary systems in the country. The Galveston Bay Dolphin Research and Conservation Program (GDRCP) monitors dolphin ecology, health and behavior through year-round photo-identification and remote biopsy tissue sampling, and promotes educational awareness. This year our catalog of unique individuals has increased […]

Pensacola Bay bottlenose dolphins

The overall purpose of my PhD research is to: (1) provide the first comprehensive assessment of population dynamics for bottlenose dolphins in the Pensacola Bay system, and (2) to determine the degree of connectivity between populations in the Western Florida Panhandle. This year marks the end of year three of my research and the near […]