Monitoring of Southern Hemisphere Whales Fund

New scientific methods can provide amazing insights into the hidden lives of marine mammals.

Using just a small skin sample, tools like genomics are providing new ways of estimating relatedness and abundance and most recently, to provide a reliable, non-lethal estimate of the age of marine mammals. 

The University of Auckland has been a leader in marine mammal research and houses the New Zealand Cetacean Tissue Archive, which includes a DNA catalogue of over 700 New Zealand right whales. New field work scheduled for 2020 onwards will leverage this collection to provide a platform for developing and optimising new techniques for non-lethal research into marine mammals, with a focus on right whales, shedding light into the recovery of their Southern Hemisphere populations from whaling in an era of climate change.

Dr Emma Carroll

Dr Emma Carroll is a molecular ecologist that uses genomics and statistical models to study natural populations at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.

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