Over the past year, Dr. Alex Brown has been leading the following collaborative project: “Supporting indigenous capacity to conduct inshore dolphin research and monitoring“. This project aims to provide training in dolphin survey techniques to indigenous ranger groups in northern Australia, to foster collaborations between researchers and Traditional Owners, and collect valuable data on the […]
Congratulations to Dr. Alex Brown for the completion of his PhD: “The conservation biology of tropical inshore dolphins in north-western Australian waters”. Supervisors: Prof. Lars Bejder, Dr. Simon Allen, Prof. Ken Pollock, Dr. Celine Frère. Alex graduated last week, following formal conferral of his degree in earlier this year. His PhD focussed on providing valuable […]
We are pleased to announce the following open access publication in Frontiers in Marine Science: Site-specific assessments of the abundance of three inshore dolphin species to inform conservation and management. Authors: Alexander M. Brown, Lars Bejder, Kenneth H. Pollock and Simon J. Allen. This publication presents the first estimates of abundance of Australian snubfin, Australian […]
New publication: Sexual dimorphism and geographic variation in dorsal fin features of Australian humpback dolphins
We are pleased to announce the following publication in Advances in Marine Biology: Sexual dimorphism and geographic variation in dorsal fin features of Australian humpback dolphins, Sousa sahulensis. Authors: Alexander M. Brown, Lars Bejder, Guido J. Parra, Daniele Cagnazzi, Tim Hunt, Jennifer L. Smith and Simon J. Allen. This chapter contributes to one of two […]
Last week, I (PhD student Alex Brown) headed to Broome to present a training workshop for Yawuru Traditional Owners in the collection and analysis of dolphin survey data. A full day of presentations and practical exercises was provided for participants, which included Yawuru Country Managers and other staff from Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY), along with […]
MUCRU researchers have today released a new report on the abundance of inshore dolphins in Roebuck Bay, adjacent to Broome in Australia’s north-west. The report was presented to WWF-Australia, who co-funded this research along with the Australian Marine Mammal Centre and Murdoch University as part of a broader study into inshore dolphins in the Kimberley Region. Click […]
New publication: Population differentiation and hybridisation of Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in north-western Australia
We are pleased to announce publication of the following article in the open access journal PLOS ONE: Population differentiation and hybridisation of Australian snubfin (Orcaella heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback (Sousa chinensis) dolphins in north-western Australia Authors: Alex Brown*, Anna Kopps*, Simon Allen, Lars Bejder, Bethan Littleford-Colquhoun, Guido Parra, Daniele Cagnazzi, Deborah Thiele, Carol Palmer, Celine Frère. […]
Counting Broome’s snubfins: MUCRU researchers estimate the abundance of inshore dolphins in Roebuck Bay
MUCRU PhD candidate Alex Brown has recently returned from a second month of inshore dolphin surveys in the waters of Roebuck Bay, adjacent to the town of Broome in Australia’s north-west. This follows on from an initial month of surveys last October, which resulted in a report presented to WWF-Australia, who co-funded and helped facilitate […]
September 2013 was my fourth and last scheduled visit to Cygnet Bay to collect data on the abundance and genetic connectivity of tropical inshore dolphins in the Kimberley.
PhD student Alex Brown reports on some highlights from the early ‘dry’ season of the Kimberley inshore dolphin project.
With preparations well underway for upcoming fieldwork in the Kimberley 2013, MUCRU Phd candidate Alex Brown takes a moment to reflect on the events of the final few weeks of fieldwork on the Dampier Peninsula late last year… Following a very fruitful 5 weeks in Cygnet Bay, our Kimberley inshore dolphin team moved across to […]
We’re pleased to announce the publication of the following article in the latest issue of Pacific Conservation Biology (abstract below): Brown, A., Bejder, L., Cagnazzi, D., Parra, G. and Allen, S. 2012. The North West Cape, Western Australia: A Potential Hotspot for Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins Sousa chinensis? Pacific Conservation Biology 18: 240-246. It is widely documented that the waters off the North […]
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