Long-term, stable social communities with the Palmyra grey reef shark population over four years
12 August 2020
Our paper measuring the social stability of grey reef sharks at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific Ocean comes out today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Working with long-term collaborator Dr Yannis Papastamatiou, we put forward a case that social groups operate as 'information centres' where sharks can gather information about foraging locations. It's been great working on this together! Link to the paper can be found here.
15 July 2020
Mike Williamson was asked by Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada to aid them with their research on North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Gulf of St Lawrence this summer. His role during the two week trip was to attach digital acoustic recording tags (DTAGs) to record fine-scale movement behaviours of these critically endangered species, on a project that is also investigating the acoustic behaviour, body condition and hormones of these animals. With only approximately 400 animals left (NARWC) this research is important for assessing the factors impacting mortality and reproductive success which will aid the conservation and recovery of these species. At least some of us were able to get out into the field this year...
Andrew Wright, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, all taken under relevant permits
08 April 2019
Huge congratulations to Mike Williamson for publishing the first paper from his PhD. Mike reviews all the recent developments in satellite remote sensing and its utility in elasmobranch ecology, conservation and management. The review is summarised nicely in this BBC article or you can hear it in his own words in this blog by clicking the image below.