Chris Johnson

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Researcher - MSc

My research interests include:

  1. Sperm whales – ecology, global and regional distribution, habitat modeling and acoustics.
  2. Crowdsource techniques and technologies to visualise data for decision-making – GIS, photo-ID, database design and digital communication development.
  3. Science communication and outreach – Designing strategies using film, digital and social marketing techniques to engage the public and policy makers in critical marine conservation topics.
Sperm Whale Distribution off the South-west Australia

This collaborative project brings together research work from the Voyage of the Odyssey expedition off of Perth and Albany Western Australia in 2002 with crowdsourced historical datasets to fill in gaps in knowledge. It is intended to identify critical offshore habitat for sperm whales in South-west Australia, and establish future research priorities in this area.

Peer Reviewed

Clark, R. A., Johnson C. M., Johnson, G., Payne, R., Kerr, I., Anderson, R. C., Sattar, S. A., Godard, C. J. and Madsen, P. T. (2012), “Cetacean sightings and acoustic detections in the offshore waters of the Maldives during the northeast monsoon seasons of 2003 and 2004”. J. Cetacean Res. Manage 12(2): 227-234.

De Vos, A., Clark, R. A., Johnson, C. M., Johnson, G., Kerr, I., Payne, R., and Madsen, P. T. (2012), “Cetacean sightings and acoustic detections in the offshore waters of Sri Lanka: March–June 2003”. J. Cetacean Res. Manage 12(2): 185-193.

Frantzis, A., Airoldi, S., Notarbartolo de Sciara, G., Johnson, C. and Mazzariol, S. (2011). “Inter-basin movements of Mediterranean sperm whales provide insight into their population structure and conservation.” Deep-Sea Res I 58(4): 454–459.

Johnson, G., Frantzis, A., Johnson, C., Alexidou, V., Ridgway, S. and Madsen, P. T. (2010). “Evidence that sperm whale calves (Physeter macrocephalus) suckle through their mouth”. Marine Mammal Science 26 (4), 990-996.

Anderson, R.C., Clark, R., Madsen, P.T., Johnson, C., Kiszka J., and Breysse O. (2006) Observations of Longman’s Beaked Whale (Indopacetus pacificus) in the Western Indian Ocean. Aq Mamm 32: 223-231.

Murdoch University. Western Australia. 2013 Masters in Environmental Science (MSc)

Thesis – “Crowdsourcing Moby Dick – Modern and historical data identify sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) habitat offshore of SW Australia.” Areas of focus included crowdsourcing data, habitat modeling (Maxent), policy, and assessing marine management areas in Australia.

  • Awards – SKM graduate academic award for environmental monitoring.

Swinburne University. Melbourne, Australia. 1995-­1996. Post-­graduate coursework in Computer Science.

Oberlin College. Oberlin, Ohio USA. 1986-1990. Bachelor of Arts, History.

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Marine Field Work
Over 14 years, participated in marine research and conservation programs in Gulf of California, Mexico; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Kiribati; Papua New Guinea; Western Australia; British Indian Ocean Territories; Seychelles; Maldives; Sri Lanka; Mauritius; Greece, Italy; Norway; Canary Islands, Spain; Bahamas; Peninsula Valdes, Argentina; and offshore research in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Ocean.

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