James Raeside

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Honours Student

Research interests
My research is on the behavioural ecology of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Project

My research, which is a collaborative project with Bouvard Cruises, is being conducted in the Peel-Harvey Estuary using dolphin tourism vessels as an opportunistic platform on which to conduct a photo-identification study of dolphins sighted. This ecosystem represents an important gap in our understanding as no research has yet been conducted in this area. My study focuses on developing a photo- identification catalogue of the dolphins found in the estuary and surrounding waterways. The identification of dolphins occurring within the estuary presents an important baseline measure for subsequent efforts to estimate the population size of dolphins inhabiting the Peel Harvey estuary and provides an interim index of the abundance of dolphins within the estuary. The presence of skin lesions has been used to assess the health of a dolphin population and in this project the general health of the dolphin population in the Peel Harvey estuary will be investigated by documenting the occurrence of skin lesions.

Collaborators

A/Prof. Lars Bejder, Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Hugh Finn, Murdoch University, Australia
Bouvard Cruises

Education:

2012 – ongoing: Honours in Marine Science, Murdoch University.
2008: Bachelor of Science (Marine Science and Environmental Science)

CV:
2009-current: Commercial diver. Qualified as an ADAS Cert 2 diver.
2011- 2012: Marine Ship Chandler.

Contact

James Raeside
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems Research
Faculty of Sustainability, Environmental and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street, Murdoch, 6150
Western Australia
Email: 30415853@student.murdoch.edu.au

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