Daniella Hanf

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Daniella Hanf - MRes Candidate

I wish to contribute to improving marine mammal conservation in Western Australia by adding to the scientific baseline in areas that are data deficient. I am particularly interested in coastal dolphin distribution and habitat use and the pertinent issues of cumulative assessment and adaptive management. With almost 10 years environmental management experience in both government and industry spheres I value a collaborative approach to conservation planning and decision making.


My research project ‘Species Distribution Modelling of southern Pilbara coastal dolphins’ utilises a unique 12-month, landscape-scale (10, 500 km2) dataset of geographically referenced dolphin observations collected during five dugong aerial surveys over coastal waters from Exmouth Gulf to Barrow Island. I am using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to compile dolphin and environmental data and modelling techniques to identify predictors of dolphin distribution and describe seasonal variation. I hope that the results will inform cumulative assessment and adaptive management and identify critical research questions and areas for stratified sampling.

Present: Research Masters with Training, Murdoch University

 ‘Species Distribution Modelling of southern Pilbara coastal dolphins’

2002: Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management), Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Employment History

2013: Marine Fauna Observer Trainer, Blue Planet Marine, Perth
2013: Ngari Capes Marine Park Interpretation Officer, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Busselton
2013: Research Assistant, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU), Perth
2010-11: Supervising Environmental Consultant (Marine Fauna Group), RPS Group, Perth
2008-10: Wheatstone Project Marine Environmental Advisor, Secondment to Chevron Australia via RPS Ecos, Perth
2006-08: Parks and Visitor Services Project Manager, Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), Perth
2004-06: Visitor Interpretation Officer, Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), Western Australia (state-wide)
2003-04: Monkey Mia Reserve Officer, CALM, Australia, Shark Bay
2002: Marine Field Research Assistant, ECU, Australia, Perth
The period between 2011 and 2013 was spent on world travel

Selected Volunteer Work

2012: SAPPHIRE Spinner Dolphin Research Assistant, MUCRU and Duke University, Hawaii
2012: Bear Habitat Improvement Team, Whistler, Canada
2011: Feasibility study of a small sustainable farming project and plan for fundraised monies, Children in Distress (CINDI), Kitwe, Zambia
2010: North Western Australia Dolphin Research Assistant, MUCRU, Broome
2007: Elephant Husbandry, Elephant Nature Park Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2002: Project Eden Native Fauna Reintroduction Research Assistant, ECU and CALM, Shark Bay

Dr Lars Bejder, Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Amanda Hodgson, Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Halina Kobryn, Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Josh Smith, Murdoch University, Australia
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street, Murdoch, 6150
Western Australia
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