Marine Mammal Spatial Habitat and Risk Staff

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Jessica V. Redfern  Leader
Program Leader, Marine Mammal SHARP
Phone: (858) 546-7117
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Jessica.Redfern@noaa.gov

Dr. Jessica Redfern has been using statistical models to address wildlife management questions for more than 15 years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado College and received her Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley. She now leads the Marine Mammal Spatial Habitat and Risk Program at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. This group of modelers, ecologists, and oceanographers uses ecosystem data to predict marine mammal distributions, identify critical habitat, conduct spatially-explicit risk assessments, and interpret trends in abundance. Jessica develops cetacean-habitat models and uses predictions from these models to assess risk to cetaceans in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Her current projects include assessments of the risk of whale-ship collisions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, identification of priority habitat for large whales in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and using oceanographic data to interpret trends in the abundance of dolphins that have been impacted by tuna purse-seine fishing in the eastern tropical Pacific.

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Paul C. Fiedler
Ph.D., Oceanographer
Phone: (858) 546-7016
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Paul.Fiedler@noaa.gov

I study the biological and physical oceanography of the open ocean regions in which we monitor dolphin and whale stocks. Data collected on our survey ships, and from satellite and ocean reanalysis data sets, are analyzed to study spatial and temporal patterns of variability. Important variables include temperature, salinity, winds, water column structure and circulation, primary production, and zooplankton and micronekton abundance. These patterns are used to explain and predict distributions of stocks and seasonal, interannual and longer term changes in abundance.

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T.J. Moore
Research Analyst, GISP
Phone: (858) 546-7088
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Thomas.J.Moore@noaa.gov

I have worked with geographic information systems (GIS) and related information technologies in various applications over many years. My interests include cartography/geovisualization, geospatial modeling/analysis techniques, automation (software programming/scripting), data management/analysis, and decision support. My current research interests include anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals (ship strike, fishery entanglement/bycatch, noise, etc.), ship strike risk assessment, ship traffic analysis, automatic identification system (AIS) data, distribution mapping/biogeography, biologging, marine conservation, marine spatial planning, environmental data processing/analysis to support species distribution modeling, and model validation (e.g., ROC).

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