Project/Role Recovery trajectories for marine mammals - developing new models and identifying critical factors to recovery
Many marine mammal species have experienced (or are experiencing) intense periods of human-induced pressure, namely from overexploitation and habitat loss. However, different species have responded to these pressures in different ways and to different degrees in terms of population decline, collapse and recovery trends. With my current work, I aim to quantify marine mammal population declines and recoveries. I am exploring factors that influence recovery success, including magnitude and rate of population declines, life history parameters, and management actions.
The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in oceans--past, present, and future.