HonoursI have had the privilege of growing up near a number of marine hotspots in South Africa, New Zealand, Tonga and Australia, increasingly developing a passion for nature-based tourism, scientific communication and more recently, examining the relationship between the spatio-temporal traits of marine megafauna and anthropogenic activity. Another interest involves the foraging ecology and habitat use of megafauna. My goal is to infer the age of free-ranging Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins using remote laser photogrammetry. In addition, I will investigate possible morphological differences between coastal bottlenose dolphin populations in Western Australia.
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, was educated in New Zealand and Western Australia and completed my B.Sc in Marine Science at Murdoch University, Western Australia. In 2014, I was involved with elasmobranch and marine mammal research in Mossel Bay, South Africa while I have also been assisting on two of MUCRU’s coastal dolphin projects in South Western Australia over the last three years.
The overall objectives of my study are to:
- Develop growth curves for two well-studied dolphin populations (Bunbury and Shark Bay, Western Australia) using long-term historical sighting and demographic data.
- Infer the age of individual dolphins from Mandurah, Western Australia, based on a growth curve developed from a nearby, well-studied dolphin population (Bunbury).
- Investigate morphological differences between coastal bottlenose dolphin populations within Western Australia.
- Through the use of controlled experimentation and opportunistic post mortem events, identify the sources of, and also quantify the degree of measurement error involved in my research.
July 2016-present: Bachelor of Science Honours in Marine Science, Murdoch University, Australia.
2016: Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Murdoch University, Australia.
October 2015-present: Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury Western Australia
July 2013-present: mva.photography, Western Australia
Photographer, providing underwater imaging services to organisations and tourism operators
February 2016-present: Murdoch University Cetacean Research Project, Mandurah, Western Australia
Research Assistant, Mandurah Dolphin Research Project
June 2014-present: Murdoch University Cetacean Research Project, Bunbury, Western Australia
Research Assistant, South West Marine Research Program
March 2014-November 2016: Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury, Western Australia
Feb 2014-March 2014: Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, South Africa
Research Assistant, projects: White Shark Population & Habitat Use Project, Benthic Shark Ecology, Marine Mammal Habitat Use Study
Cetacean Research Unit
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch WA 6150 Australia