Extending knowledge and improving conservation for marine mammals in coastal waters

This research theme focuses on extending our knowledge about feeding, migration, habitat use and human impacts on whales and dolphins in coastal waters aiming to derive new management strategies for a better conservation and protection of marine mammals in urbanised coastal waters.

Whales and dolphins are utilising the Gold Coast bay and inhabit south-east Queensland waters.

The centre works in collaboration with the not for profit community organisation Humpbacks & High –Rises Inc.

Developing research and education on regional and international level.

Research Projects

Long term monitoring of Humpback whales in south-east Queensland

This project monitors humpback whales in south-east Queensland by collecting data on behaviour, locations, pod composition, relative abundance and the documentation of scaring and injuries. The project is run under the HHR citizen science program.

Newborn humpback whale study

This project investigates newborn humpback whale calves sighted on the Gold Coast. Their age class and preferred fine scale habitat.

Whales in a changing climate

This international project analyses whale movement in relation to ocean conditions and assesses future climate impacts on whale migration. The project will develop a large scale model to simulate whale movement, investigate the role of whales on the nutrient cycle and develop a communication outreach program.

Fluke identification catalogue

This project creates a fluke database for humpback whales sighted on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast as part of the HHR citizen science program.

Collaborations

  • Griffith Climate Change Response Program
  • Humpbacks & High-rises Inc.,
  • Rustic Pathways
  • Sea World Cruises
  • Spirit Whale Watching
  • Sunshine Coast Afloat
  • Whales in Paradise

Recent publications

Volep, E., Carroll, A., Strauss, D., Meynecke, J.O., Kobashi, D., (2017), "Influence of environmental conditions on cetacean entanglements - A case study from the Gold Coast, Australia" accepted for Marine & Freshwater Research, 68(11) 1977-1987

Meynecke, J.O., Richards, R., Oz, S., (2017), "Whale watch or no watch: the whale watching tourism industry and climate change", Regional Environmental Change, 17(2), 477-488 DOI: 10.1007/s10113-016-1034-z

Reinke, J., Lemckert, C., Meynecke, J.O., (2016), "Coastal fonts utilised b migrating humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, on the Gold Coast, Australia", Vila-Concejo, A.;Bruce, E.; Kennedy, D.M.; McCaroll, R.J. (eds). Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium (Sydney, Australia). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, 75, 897-901

Meynecke, J.O., Meager, J., (2016), "Understanding strandings: 25 years of humpback whale strandings (Megaptera novaengliae) in Queensland, Australia", Vila-Concejo, A.;Bruce, E.; Kennedy, D.M.; McCaroll, R.J. (eds). Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium (Sydney, Australia). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, 75, 897-901

Recent conference publications

Torre-Williams, L., Reinke, J., Meynecke, J.O., Martinez, E., Stockin, K.A., (2018), "Humpback whales calving during migration - an extension to known calving grounds? A case study from the Gold Coast Bay, Queensland, Australia", poster presentation at American Cetacean Society Conference Newport Beach, California, USA, 2 to 4 November, 2018

Meynecke, J.O., Keating G., Meager J., Ross G., Strauss D., Carroll A., (2018), "The influence of environmental drivers on marine mammal strandings on the east coast of Australia", oral presentation at Australian Marine Sciences Association conference Adelaide SA, 1 to 5 July, 2018

Torre-Williams, L., Reinke, J., Meynecke, J.O., Martinez, E., Stockin, K.A., (2018), "Newborn humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) observations in the Gold Coast Bay, Queensland, Australia", poster presentation at Australian Marine Sciences Association conference Adelaide SA, 1 to 5 July, 2018

Recent grants

Griffith Climate Change Response Program

Australian Marine Mammal Centre

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