John Symons

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PhD Candidate

My interests are broad covering marine science, ecology, and animal behaviour. Recently, my work has been focused on examining impacts of anthropogenic disturbance to wild cetacean populations to aid in global conservation management efforts.
2015-present: Doctor of Philosophy Candidate. Murdoch University, Australia.
2013: Masters of Research in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2009: Bachelor of Art in Biology. Lewis and Clark College, United States.

Peer Reviewed

Symons J, Pirotta E, Lusseau D. 2014. Sex differences in risk perception in deep-diving bottlenose dolphins leads to decreased foraging efficiency when exposed to human disturbance. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(6):1584-1592.

Conference proceedings

Symons J, Pirotta E, Lusseau D. 2013. A model of optimal diving for bottlenose dolphins under human disturbance (Poster). Society of Marine Mammalogy Conference 2013, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Symons J, Pirotta E, Lusseau D. 2013. A model of optimal diving for bottlenose dolphins under human disturbance (Oral Presentation). International Ethological Conference 2013, Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Relevant Employment History

2014-2015: Field research coordinator (South West Marine Research Program , WA). Murdoch University, Australia.
2012: Field research coordinator (SAPPHIRE project, Hawai`i). Murdoch University and Duke University, Hawai`i.
2010: Research and teaching assistant (CIEE Research Station Bonaire, Bonaire). CIEE, Bonaire.
2010: Research assistant (LSIESP, Mexico). Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program, Mexico.

Voluntary Work

2014: Research assistant (Northwest Cape Dolphin Research Project, Western Australia). Flinders and Murdoch University, Australia.
2011: Research assistant (SAPPHIRE project, Hawai`i). Murdoch University and Duke University, Hawai`i
2010: Research assistant (CIEE Research Station Bonaire, Bonaire). CIEE, Bonaire.
2009: Research assistant (Project Seahorse, Portugal). University of British Columbia, Portugal.

Prof. Lars Bejder , Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Fredrik Christiansen, Murdoch University, Australia
PhD Candidate Julian Tyne , Murdoch University, Australia
Dr David Lusseau, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Dr Enrico Pirotta, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Dr David Johnston, Duke University, USA
John Symons, MRes
PhD Candidate
Cetacean Research Unit
South West Marine Research Program,
Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury, WA 6230
J.Symons@murdoch.edu.au
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