Determining habitat use of small cetaceans in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean
My honours thesis will study the spatial and temporal distributions of cetaceans and pinnipeds in the North West Atlantic Ocean. An automated survey method, which uses machine learning techniques, will be used to detect and identify marine mammals in aerial and satellite imagery of the study area. I aim to use the spatial and temporal movement patterns acquired from this methodology and overlay them with human-use patterns (e.g., shipping activity) to determine the risk of interaction between human activities and marine mammals. This research intends to not only fill the existing gap of knowledge surrounding marine mammal distributions in the North West Atlantic Ocean, but to also improve our understanding of how human pressures impact cetaceans and pinnipeds in the North West Atlantic Ocean. This research is a component of the “Whales From Space” project led by PhD Candidate, Olivia Pisano.
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Dr. Boris Worm (Dalhousie University) Canada
TYPE/STATUS OF PROJECT
Scientific research (In progress)