PhD candidate Kate Sprogis is taking habitat modeling courses at Duke University, USA while research associate Krista Nicholson continues to collect dolphin data for the SWMRP
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 [...]
First publication on the identification of a resident dolphin population within the Swan Canning Riverpark (2001-03)
We are pleased to announce the first publication describing the resident population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin within the Swan Canning Riverpark, Perth, Western Australia: Chabanne D, Finn H, Salgado-Kent C, and Bejder L 2012. Identification of a resident community of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in the Swan Canning Riverpark, Western Australia, using behavioural information. Pacific Conservation Biology 18(4):247-262. [...]
Disappointing decision by WA Environment Minister to approve the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct
The Minister for Environment, Bill Marmion, has made his determination on the Appeals Against Report and Recommendations: Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct (Report 1444). The result of the appeals process has been the amendment and addition of conditions on the approval of the Browse LNG development. As appellants, we (the undersigned members of the Murdoch [...]
Hot off the press: Publication on abundance, survival and temporary emigration of bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay.
Hot off the press: Pubication on abundance, survival and temporary emigration of bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay.
We were back in Shark Bay, WA, in August/September to conduct the ultimate trial of the UAV, and it was a showdown between two teams: the UAV team and the Human team.
Two new publications on the conservation of coastal dolphins and the Environmental Impact Assessment process
We’re pleased to announce the publication of the following two publications in the latest issue of Pacific Conservation Biology (abstracts below). The data paper is the first peer-reviewed publication on coastal dolphins of north-western Australia, while the Forum Essay discusses the short-comings in the current Environmental Impact Assessment processes in Western Australia. The lack of [...]
In the middle of May, MUCRU’s Kimberley inshore dolphin team left the blue waters of the Dampier Peninsula to travel deep into the eastern Kimberley. With sealed road access to the coast entirely absent for over 900 km east of Derby, our options for launching a vessel in this area were somewhat limited. So we chose Wyndham [...]