2010 onwards: PhD candidate, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
Dissertation Title: Quantifying the effects of human interactions on spinner dolphins in resting bays in Hawaii, and assessing the effectiveness of time area closures as a proposed mitigation approach. Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship.
2008: Murdoch University Bachelor of Science, First class Honours (Major in Marine Science, Minor in Marine Biology).
Thesis Title: Does sponge distribution lead to sponging behaviour by bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay? Supervisors: Dr Lars Bejder, Murdoch University; Prof Neil Loneragan, Murdoch University
Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA)
The Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia
Shark Research Institute
Society for Marine Mammalogy
MUCRU, in collaboration with Dave Johnston (Duke University Marine Lab, North Carolina) and David Lusseau (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) aims to collect baseline data on the local abundance, distribution and behaviour of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) using a suite of modern visual and acoustic techniques in four resting bays in Hawaii. These data will then be used to investigate the effects of human interactions on the spinner dolphins and assess the effectiveness of time area closures as a mitigation approach. Read more about the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Project.
Shark Bay, Western Australia
Tool use in cetaceans has only been documented in one population – the bottlenose dolphin population in Shark Bay, WA. It is believed some of these dolphins use marine sponges as a protective glove for their rostra when they probe for prey in the substrate. All “spongers” are maternally related – they share the same mitochondrial DNA, which is transmitted only through the female line. MUCRU members are collaborating with Dr. Michael Krützen (University of Zürich) and Assoc. Prof. William Sherwin (University of New South Wales) to discern whether tool-use is a genetic trait, governed by ecological factors or transmitted culturally (through social learning by offspring from their mothers). My research explores the possible correlations between locations of the sponge-carrying dolphins and the density and distribution of marine sponges along transect lines in the western gulf of Shark Bay.
Thorne, L. H., Johnston, D.J., Urban, D.L., Tyne, J., Bejder, L., Baird, R.W., Yin, S., Rickards, S.H., Deakos, M., Mobley, J.R. Jr., Pack, A.A. and, Chapla-Hill, M. 2012. Predictive modeling of spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) resting habitat in the main Hawaiian Islands. PLoS ONE. 7(8): e43167. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043167
Tyne JA, Loneragan NR, Kopps AM, Allen, SJ, Krützen M, Bejder L. (2012) Ecological characteristics contribute to sponge distribution and tool use in bottlenose dolphins Tursiops sp. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 444:143-153
Tyne, J.A., Loneragan, N., Krützen, M., Allen, S., and Bejder, L. 2010. An integrated data management and video system to sample aquatic benthos. Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 61: 1023-1028
Department of Environment and Conservation, Marine Science Program: Research Scientist (Marine Monitoring) 2009
Marine and Freshwater Research Laboratory: Infauna sorting 2006
Ningaloo Turtle Program: Monitoring and identifying turtle nests
Marine and Freshwater Research Laboratory: Seagrass Rehabilitation
Department of Fisheries: Abalone Research Assistant
Aquarium of Western Australia: Curatorial Volunteer
Dolphins of Monkey Mia – Shark Bay (WA) Research Foundation
Sharks in Australian waters
Ningaloo Turtle Program
ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo Identification Library
Department of Fisheries, Western Australia
The World Conservation Union – Marine
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Faculty of Sustainability, Environmental and Life Sciences
South Street, Murdoch, 6150