may, 2018

24may1:00 pm2:00 pmOverlap between human activities and movements of humpback whales & killer whales in Nord-Norwegian fjord systemsEvert Mul1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lecture Theatre D, Bute Building Speaker organisation: The Arctic University of Norway (UiT – Tromsø, Norway); VISTA Scholar (PhD), The Norwegian Acadamy of Science and Letters (Oslo, Norway)

Event Details

In recent years, large aggregations of humpback whales and killer whales have been observed in fjords near Tromsø (Northern Norway) during the winter. The whales were attracted by herring that was overwintering in these fjords. As the whales come into the fjords, they encounter areas with an abundance of human activities, such as commercial and recreational shipping and (coastal) fisheries. In order to mitigate the overlap between whale movement and human activities, it is important to understand how the whales use these fjords. In this PhD I use telemetry tracks and dive patterns from humpback whales and killer whales, in order to develop movement models and species distribution models that can be used to identify and characterize areas that are highly used by whales in various behavioral states. The output of these models can be compared with fishing and shipping activities to identify areas of overlap, and to study the whales behavior in areas with a lot of human activities.

Time

(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Lecture Theatre D, Bute Building

KY16 9TS

Speaker organisation

The Arctic University of Norway (UiT – Tromsø, Norway); VISTA Scholar (PhD), The Norwegian Acadamy of Science and Letters (Oslo, Norway)

Organizer

James Grecianwjg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

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