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Our Team is made up of many people in the field, in the lab and behind the scenes. Meet a few of us here!


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.


Research Assistant

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.



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.

Personal Info

  •   +61 8 9266 7380
  •   Centre for Marine Science & Technology Curtin University GPO Box U1987 Perth WA 6845 AUSTRALIA
What we understand, we can protect. Right now we know very little about the killer whales found in our Australian waters, and we need to obtain baseline data so we can get a basic understanding of their population. Once we know more about these killer whales, we can help protect them and the environment they live in.


Marine Mammal Scientist
Ask most people about pollution, and they will think of rubbish, plastic, oil, smog, and chemicals. After some thought, most folks might also suggest noise pollution, but only very few think it’s a problem under water. Animals are affected by noise—in air and under water. All marine activities generate noise, from private boats to ships, and exploration and production of offshore resources. Understanding the impacts we’re having will help ensure our oceans and their resources last well into the future.


Director of CMST
People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth's life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth's water is there. It's the blue heart of the planet — we should take care of our heart. It's what makes life possible for us.




If you see orca please report to us to help us increase our knowledge on this species! Please be aware that we are often out in the field and do not get to our emails for weeks at a time. Please be patient with us!