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Dan is a marine scientist with a PhD in humpback whale research and over ten years’ experience as a marine environmental consultant. His research has included improving methods for photo-identification of individual whales, working with other researchers to study whale migration across ocean basins and obtaining the first genetic sample from an all-white whale. More recently his consultancy work has focused on protecting marine fauna from human impacts, including leading a study to assess the impacts of an expanding mine site on inshore dolphins. Until returning to full time consultancy work in January this year, he also worked with a not-for-profit focused on marine debris issues.
Some of the topics Dan will be discussing include:
- Starting as a volunteer in whale research >20 yrs ago
- Humpback whale migration and findings from my PhD fieldwork
- Identifying individual whales and recent developments that take it to another level
- Encounters with “Migaloo”, the white whale that travels up and down the east coast each year
- Marine debris and its impacts
- Accurately estimating abundance is difficult for the WA population compared with over east
- Humpback whales are a success story in Aus compared with other places and species
$45 members $50 non-members.
Includes a buffet Luncheon and drink on arrival. Bookings essential
Supported by Naked Specs