EEZ Mammals and Acoustics Staff

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Anita Gilles
Marine Ecologist
Phone: (858) 546-7051
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Anita.Gilles@noaa.gov

I have been awarded a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, to promote my academic collaborative network while conducting research in the MMTD. My Humboldt research project is interdisciplinary and includes habitat-based density modelling of cetacean line-transect data, a Bayesian approach to trend analysis as well as quantifying threats from human activities. My main research interests cover various aspects of the biology, ecology, monitoring and conservation of marine mammals, such as a) abundance estimation and development of new field methods; b) analysis of spatio-temporal distribution and habitat usage; c) quantitative models of cetacean habitat identifying oceanographic drivers; d) examining the legal regime governing the conservation of marine mammals in the European seas as well as e) feeding ecology and f) interactions with human activities (e.g. fisheries or construction of offshore wind farms). I am also actively involved in providing scientific policy advice to the German Ministries and Agencies on their obligations in agreements and advisory bodies (e.g. European Union Habitats Directive & Marine Strategy Framework Directive) and am a nationally invited expert for the most relevant advisory committees for research and conservation of cetaceans in the EU, such as ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) and ICES.

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Elizabeth Becker
Research Biologist
Phone: (805) 680-3374
Fax:
E-mail: ebecker77@cox.net

Within the EEZ Mammals and Acoustic Program, I am responsible for the quantitative analyses of cetacean line-transect data collected from ship and aerial platforms, with an emphasis on developing and evaluating predictive habitat-based models of cetacean density based on remotely sensed environmental data. My research interests include 1) Oceanographic correlates of cetacean abundance and distribution, 2) Quantitative models of cetacean habitat, 3) Development of remotely sensed indices of oceanographic variables, 4) Statistical techniques in marine ecological research, and 5) Methods for incorporating acoustic detections of cetaceans into line-transect abundance estimates and habitat-based density models.

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Emily Griffiths
Phone: (858) 334-2867
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Emily.Griffiths@noaa.gov

My research interests are Cetacean Bioacoustics, Acoustic Line-Transect Surveys, Avian Bioacoustics, and DASBR Development.

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Jay Barlow
Phone: (858) 546-7178
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Jay.Barlow@noaa.gov

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Jeffrey E. Moore
Research Wildlife Biologist
Phone: (858) 546-7161
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Jeff.E.Moore@noaa.gov

Vertebrate population dynamics, quantitative ecology, effects of fisheries on marine ecosystems, food web ecology, habitat and occurrence modeling, protected species management and conservation

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Jennifer Keating
Research Biologist
Phone: (858) 334-2860
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Jennifer.Keating@noaa.gov

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Jim Carretta
Research Fishery Biologist
Phone: (858) 546-7171
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov

Fishery Bycatch and Mortality

Line-Transect Abundance Estimation

Marine Mammal Stock Assessments

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Karin Forney
Research Biologist
Phone: (831) 420-3908
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: Karin.Forney@noaa.gov

Since 1987, I have conducted research on the abundance, distribution, ecology, and status of over 25 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the eastern and central North Pacific Ocean, with emphasis on small cetaceans. In recent years, I have also collaborated on studies of endangered leatherback turtles off California. My research interests include 1) oceanographic variability and its effect on the abundance and distribution of cetaceans and other marine vertebrates, 2) habitat-based predictive modeling of cetacean density and distribution, 3) monitoring and mitigating impacts of human-caused mortality and injury on protected species, and 4) quantitative methods for estimating marine animal abundance and evaluating population trends. Additional responsibilities include writing or co-authoring annual Stock Assessment Reports for Pacific Marine Mammal Stocks under NMFS jurisdiction, and conducting field research in small aircraft and aboard oceanographic research vessels.

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Mark Lowry
Phone: (858) 546-7174
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Mark.Lowry@noaa.gov

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Shannon Rankin
Wildlife Research Biologist
Phone: (858) 546-7072
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Shannon.Rankin@noaa.gov

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Stephanie Nehasil
Laboratory Technician
Phone: (858) 546-7181
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Stephanie.Nehasil@noaa.gov

• Marine mammal ecology and conservation

• Ecosystem-based management

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