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Beth Jaime
Biologist
Phone: 858-334-2832
Fax:
E-mail: Beth.Jaime@noaa.gov

Channel Islands Pinniped Photogrammetry

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Eiren Jacobson
Graduate Student SIO
Phone: 858-546-7184
Fax:
E-mail: Eiren.Jacobson@noaa.gov

I am currently a graduate student in Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I am broadly interested in quantitative approaches to cetacean population studies using new techniques and technologies. Currently, I am working closely with researchers at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center to develop a passive acoustic monitoring network for harbor porpoises in central California. I hope that this network will be capable of monitoring harbor porpoise population trends along the U.S. West Coast.

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

Predictive habitat-based models of cetacean density and distribution, with emphasis on the use of remotely sensed and modeled ocean data.

Multi-covariate line-transect abundance estimation.

Statistical techniques in marine ecological research.

Marine species risk assessment and management.

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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

Research Interests:

Jeff has been with the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Division since 2010 and became leader of the EMAP Program in 2015. His primary expertise includes quantitative ecology, population dynamics and risk assessment. In his time with MMTD, he has developed and applied Bayesian methods for estimating marine mammal abundance, trends and other demographic parameters; quantifying population impacts of bycatch on sea turtles and marine mammals; conducting risk assessments for protected species; and developing quantitative decision tools to for policy and management. He has also worked on international small-scale fisheries bycatch issues. Jeff serves on advisory committees such as the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, the Biological Review Team for reviewing the status of northeastern Pacific white sharks, and the expert statistical panel for analysis of vaquita monitoring data. He regularly contributes to protected species management processes such as updating the Guidelines for Marine Mammal Stock Assessments, Take Reduction Planning, and Pacific Fishery Management Council-related activities. He has authored ~40 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles since 2004 in addition to numerous NOAA agency and IWC technical reports.

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

Machine Learning

Fishery Bycatch and Mortality

Line-Transect Abundance Estimation

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K. Alexandra Curtis
Research Biologist
Phone: (858) 546-5625
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Alex.Curtis@noaa.gov

My research focuses on applying quantitative approaches to use existing information more effectively for better management of marine resources. My current active areas of research include evaluation of bycatch estimation methods and mark-recapture estimates of abundance and demographic rates for cetaceans. Prior to that, I reviewed, developed, and applied limit reference point estimators, which are tools to estimate how much added mortality a population can sustain, with a focus on marine turtles. I have also worked on developing ecosystem indicators for fisheries and on improving estimates of ichthyoplankton abundance and distribution. My interests have been shaped in part by several years spent working at the science-policy interface, first as a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in 2005-2007, then as a scientist working on sustainable fisheries policy at an environmental NGO in Halifax, Canada.

My research interests include: assessment of fisheries impacts on marine megafauna, biological and physical control of spatial and temporal pattern in marine populations and communities, and getting uncertainty right.

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Karin Forney
Research Biologist
Phone: (831) 771-4155
Fax: (831) 633-0805
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. 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 S. Lowry
Research Biologist
Phone: (858) 546-7174
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Mark.Lowry@noaa.gov

Aerial photographic censuses of pinnipeds

California sea lion diets

Identification of fish from otoliths

Identification of cephalopods from beaks

Monitoring pinniped populations

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

My interests are in using passive acoustic monitoring (otherwise known as listening) of marine mammals to better understand their behavior, populations, and ecology. My work has primarily used towed hydrophone arrays during shipboard line-transect surveys to study odontocetes, and sonobuoys to study mysticetes. I've worked in surveys throughout the north and central Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

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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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