I have been involved with a wide range of marine mammal research projects since 1995, including population studies of small cetaceans in Hawaii, North Carolina and Virginia, and right whale aerial surveys off the U.S. east coast. I have participated widely in NOAA research surveys, including cetacean ship surveys in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, in waters around Alaska, Hawaii and off the U.S. west coast. In 2012, I graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.) and my research currently involves using individual-based data to study the demography and social structure of cetacean populations. More specifically, I use photographic mark-recapture and photogrammetry tools to integrate measures of both individual quality and quantity into status assessments.
- Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen, U.K.
- M.Sc. in Biology from Old Dominion University, Virginia.
- B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
- Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit, J. M. Waite, C. O. Matkin, C. R. Lunsford, M. J. Peterson, J. Barlow, and P. R. Wade. Spatial and social connectivity of fish-eating “Resident” killer whales in the northern North Pacific. Marine Biology DOI 10.1007/s00227-013-2351-0.
- Peterson, M, F. Mueter, D. Hanselman, C. Lunsford, C. Matkin, and H. Fearnbach. 2013. Killer whale (Orcinus orca) depredation effects on catch rates of six groundfish species: Implications for commercial longline fisheries in Alaska. ICES Journal of Marine Science 70 (6): 1220-1232.
- Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, K. M. Parsons, and D. E. Claridge 2012. Photographic mark-recapture analysis of local dynamics within an open population of dolphins. Ecological Applications 25(5): 1689-1700.
- Fearnbach, H. J. W. Durban, S. A. Mizroch, S. Barbeaux, and P. R. Wade. 2012. Winter observations of a group of female and immature sperm whales in the high-latitude waters near the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Marine Biodiversity Records 5: 1-4.
- Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, K. M. Parsons, and D. E. Claridge. 2012. Calving seasonality and predation risk in an island population of bottlenose dolphins. Marine Mammal Science 28(2): 402-411.
- Fearnbach, H. 2012. Individual-based population assessment for cetaceans: using photographs to infer abundance, demography and individual quality. Ph.D. thesis in Zoology. University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.
- Fearnbach, H. J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit, and K. C. Balcomb. Size and growth trends in an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Endangered Species Research 13(3): 173-180.
- Durban, J., H. Fearnbach, D. K. Ellifrit, and K. C. Balcomb 2009. Size and body condition of Southern Resident killer whales. Contract report to the NMFS Northwest Regional Office.
- Pitman, R. H. Fearnbach, R. LeDuc, J. W. Gilpatrick, Jr., J. K.B. Ford, and L. T. Balance. 2007. Killer whales preying on a blue whale calf on the Costa Rica Dome: genetics, morphometrics, vocalisations and composition of the group. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 9(2): 151–157.
- Fearnbach, H. 2004. Characterization of association patterns of coastal migratory bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the nearshore waters of Virginia Beach, Virginia. M.Sc. thesis in Biology. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.