Marine Mammal Researcher, PhD Candidate
Bec Wellard has over 10 years experience in marine megafauna and has been involved in numerous research projects both in Australia and worldwide. Her main research interests are bioacoustics, cognitive behaviour and applied ecology and conservation. Bec's PhD project aims to improve our understanding of the killer whale population in the Australian region by using non-invasive techniques such as mark-recapture photo ID and passive acoustic monitoring.
Director of the Centre for Marine Science & Technology at Curtin University
Christine has worked in marine mammal bioacoustics, call repertoires, sound propagation, underwater noise and its impacts on marine mammals for 23 years, ever since her PhD on the masking of beluga whale communication by ship noise at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Christine’s a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Chair of the Animal Bioacoustics Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America, Co-Chair of the international conference series on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, and the Australian Government representative on the International Standardization Organization (ISO) working group on standardising underwater noise measurements of vessels.
Ashleigh is assisting with data analysis and management back in the laboratory at Curtin University. Her main task is helping to sort our thousands of killer whale images for photo identification analysis. Ashleigh is a passionate nature photographer and hopes to continue capturing amazing shots of wildlife for many years to come.
ABOUT PROJECT ORCA
Project O.R.CA. (Orca Research and Conservation Australia) is being undertaken by Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. This project adopts a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the distribution, abundance, bioacoustics and population dynamics of killer whales in Australian waters. Results from this study will provide pertinent data to address the population status of this species and deliver key scientific information for assisting management of Australian killer whales.