My research addresses various aspects of cetacean behavior, ecology and management. From the mid-1980s through to the mid-1990s I undertook research on a number of species of marine mammals in British Columbia, with a particular focus on behavior and ecology of killer whales in southern British Columbia and Washington state. While I have continued working with killer whales since, as well as studies of cetacean diving (sub-surface) behavior, since 1999 my primary focus has been on Hawaiian cetaceans, examining population structure, social organization, spatial use, and impacts from anthropogenic activities, among other things. Publications on our Hawaii research can be found here while earlier publications can be found here.
I joined Cascadia Research in 2003 and since then have been based in Olympia, Washington. Much of my research has been collaborative in nature.
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EDUCATION, AFFILIATIONS AND A FEW OTHER THINGS
Affiliate Faculty, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i, June 2016-present.
Member, Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals, Marine Mammal Commission, 2011-present.
Member, False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team, 2010-present.
Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Zoology, 2010-present.
Member, Cetacean Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission, 2009-present.
Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University, 2006-2012.
Associate Editor, Marine Mammal Science, 2006-2011
Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 2005-2014.
Member, Marine Mammal Advisory Committee, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, 2005-2012.
Post-doctoral fellow – Dalhousie University, 1996-2003.
Co-founder, Senior Editor – “MARMAM”, an electronic mail discussion list focusing on marine mammal research and conservation, 1993-present.
Biologist – National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Beaufort, NC, USA, 2001-2003.
Member – Committee of Scientific Advisors, Society for Marine Mammalogy, 1995-2001.
Biologist – Marine Mammal Research Group, Victoria, B.C., 1987-2000.
Member – Cetacean Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission, 1992-1998.
Coordinator/Co-coordinator – Stranded Whale & Dolphin Program of B.C., 1987-1995. Established and coordinated a monitoring program for marine mammal sightings, strandings and incidental mortality. Undertook necropsies on stranded and incidentally caught animals, coordinated collection and distribution of tissues for external research projects, and curated education and reference collection of marine mammal skeletons.
Ph.D., 1994, Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. Thesis title: Foraging behaviour and ecology of transient killer whales (Orcinus orca).
B.Sc., Biology (Co-op), University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., 1987.
Last Updated April 2017 by Robin W. Baird