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PhD Candidate in Dalhousie University, studying communication in sperm whales and northern bottlenose whales acoustics, distribution and conservation. Graduated from a M.Sc. program works at the Department of Biology, Dalhousie University. Ecuatoriana. (She/Her)
May 2018 - December 2019
Colegio José Engling
- 8th and 9th Grade General Sciences Teacher
• Sperm whales have occupied the waters off the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, for at least the past 200 years. During the 19th century, they were the target of intensive whaling that severely depleted the population. In recent times, after commercial whaling ended, sperm whales in the region remain vulnerable to multiple threats, especially potential...
Ecological niche is traditionally defined at the species level, but individual niches can vary considerably within species. Research on intra-specific niche variation has been focussed on intrinsic drivers. However, differential transmission of socially learned behaviours can also lead to intra-specific niche variation. In sperm whales Physeter mac...
While population sizes and structures naturally fluctuate over time, rapid within-generation changes are usually driven by shifts in habitat quality and (or) abrupt mortality. We evaluate how sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus L., 1758 = Physeter catodon L., 1758) responded to the dynamic habit off the Galápagos Islands over 30 years, relating it...