Amanda Hodgson PhD

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Currently my key research interest is population assessments through aerial surveys and I have been involved many surveys in Australia and internationally. I am now conducting Australia’s first trial of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) for surveying marine mammal populations. My project focuses on dugongs and humpback whales and I aim to develop methods for using UAVs to assess marine mammal abundance and distribution.

My previous research focus was dugong behaviour and responses to human activities, particularly boat traffic. My ‘blimp-cam’ allowed me to conduct continuous observations of dugongs while on the surface and foraging on the sea floor. My research provided evidence of the vulnerability of dugongs to boat disturbance and boat strikes. I also investigated the potential for ‘pingers’ or acoustic alarms designed to reduce marine mammal entanglement in nets.

2010 – present: Postdoctoral Fellowship (Bill Dawbin Award)

2009 – 2010: Science Writer, Econnect Communications, Writing media releases, feature articles, web pages, plain English summaries and brochures about environmental science projects.

2008 – 2010: Research, Centre for Marine Studies, The University of Queensland, Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveys of marine mammals in Australia: test of concept.

2000 – 2004: Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University, Dugong behaviour and responses to human influences.

1997 – 1998: Honours (Class 1), James Cook University, The effects of provisioning on the behaviour of the Mareeba rock-wallaby.

Employment History

Science Writer: Econnect Communications. Writing media releases, feature articles, plain English summaries and brochures about environmental science projects.

Whale observer for minke whale survey : Australian Antarctic Division, Coordinate aerial survey flights, record environmental conditions.

Consultant for Environmental Impact Assessments: Sinclair Knight Merz, Scott Wilson (Bahrain), GHD and City Pacific, Assess development impacts on marine megafauna and/or conduct marine megafauna surveys.

Contracts: Department of Environment and Conservation and Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research, Design, coordinate and assess aerial surveys of marine megafauna.

Articles

Allen, S., Cagnazzi, D., Hodgson, A., Loneragan, N. and Bejder, L. 2012. Tropical inshore dolphins of north-western Australia: Unknown populations in a rapidly changing region. Pacific Conservation Biology. 18(1): 56-66.

Bejder, L., Hodgson, A., Loneragan, N. and Allen, S. 2012. The need for re-evaluation of species listings and short-comings in the Environmental Impact Assessment process. Pacific Conservation Biology. 18(1): 22-25.

Hagihara, R., R. E. Jones, J. K. Sheppard, A. J. Hodgson and H. Marsh (2011). “Minimizing errors in the analysis of dive recordings from shallow-diving animals.” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 399(2): 173-181.

Hodgson, A.J., H. Marsh, S. Delean and L. Marcus. (2007). Is attempting to change marine mammal behaviour a generic solution to the bycatch problem? A dugong case study. Animal Conservation, 10, 263-273.

Hodgson, A.J. and H. Marsh. (2007). Response of dugongs to boat traffic: the risk of disturbance and displacement. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 340, 50-61.

Hodgson, A. (2007). ‘Blimp-cam’: aerial video observations of marine animals. Marine Technology Society Journal, 41, 39-43

Hodgson, A. J. (2007). A dugong research strategy for the Torres Strait, Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and south-east Queensland 2006 – 2011. pp. 44. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Townsville, Australia, Research Publication No. 86.

Allen, S., H. Marsh and A. Hodgson (2004). Occurrence and conservation of the dugong (Sirenia: Dugongidae) in New South Wales. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 125, 211-216.

Hodgson, A.J., Marsh, H. and Corkeron, P.J. (2004) Provisioning by tourists affects the behaviour but not the body condition of Mareeba rock-wallabies (Petrogale mareeba). Wildlife Research, 31, 451-456.

Book Chapters

Hodgson, A. (in press). Marine Mammals. In: Marine Atlas of Saudi Arabia. (eds) R. Loughland and K. Abdulkader. Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco.

Preen, A., H. Das M. Al-Rumaidh and A. Hodgson (in press). Dugongs in Arabia. In: International Strategies for Manatee and Dugong Conservation. (eds) E.Hines, J. Reynolds, A. Mignucci-Giannoni, L. Aragones and M. Marmontel. University Press, Florida.

Aragones, L., I. Lawler, H. Marsh, D. Domning and A. Hodgson (in press). The role of sirenians in aquatic ecosystems. In: International Strategies for Manatee and Dugong Conservation. (eds) E. Hines, J. Reynolds, A. Mignucci-Giannoni, L. Aragones and M. Marmontel. University Press, Florida.

Hodgson, A. (2009). Marine Mammals. In: Marine Atlas of Bahrain. (eds) R. A. Loughland and A. J. M. Zainal (eds). GEOMATEC, Manama, Bahrain. 232-261.

Current:

Prof Ken Pollock, Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Murdoch University

Dr Natalie Kelly, CSIRO / Australian Antarctic Division

Dr David Peel, CSIRO / Australian Antarctic Division

Dr Luis Mejias, Australia Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Eric Kneist, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle
Previous:

Helene Marsh FSTE, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science, James Cook University

Dr Michael Noad, Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory, University of Queensland

Dr Janet Lanyon, School of Integrative Biology, University of Queensland

Amanda Hodgson PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Faculty of Sustainability, Environmental and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street, Murdoch, 6150
Western Australia
Ph: +61 (0)418886797
Fax: ++ 61 (0) 8 9360 7215

a.hodgson@murdoch.edu.au

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