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Christine M Konrad Clarke

Christine M Konrad Clarke
Pacific Science Enterprise Centre · Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Master of Science

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Introduction
Christine M Konrad is currently working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, researching southern resident killer whales habitat use and threats to the population. She is a MSc graduate from the Whitehead Lab in the Department of Biology, at Dalhousie University, where her thesis work examined kinship in sperm whale society as part of the The Dominica Sperm Whale Project.

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Publications (11)
Technical Report
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The soundscape of an area is defined by acoustic additions from natural and human-derived noise. Six moorings were deployed in the Salish Sea and the Swiftsure Bank area to describe the soundscape, and additions from abiotic and anthropogenic sources for May-October for 2018-2020. Commercial vessels transit international shipping lanes to ports inc...
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The Automatic Identification System (AIS) provides information on vessel characteristics and movements and can be used to characterize human activities, such as fishing and shipping. Here I use AIS data to characterize vessel traffic in an Area of Interest (AOI) being considered for a Marine Protected Area, in the Eastern Shore Islands, Nova Scotia...
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Cooperative care and defense of young are hypothesized to be foundational to the societies of several species, including the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). However, the extent of allocare among sperm whales and the mechanisms driving it have not been well-characterized. Sperm whale social units are matrilineally based, making kin selection a...
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Vocal learning often results in distinct dialects among individuals or groups, but the forces selecting for these phenomena remain unclear. Female sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, and their dependent offspring live in matrilineally based social units, and the units associate within sympatric clans. The clans have distinctive dialects of codas...
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Sperm whales have a multi-level social structure based upon long-term, cooperative social units. What role kinship plays in structuring this society is poorly understood. We combined extensive association data (518 days, during 2005–2016) and genetic data (18 microsatellites and 346 bp mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region sequences) for 65 indi...
Thesis
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The overarching goal of my thesis is to characterize the relationship between kinship and social behaviour in a species with a cooperative, multilevel social structure – the sperm whale. To do so, I use a combination of genetic, behavioural and acoustic data collected during a longitudinal study of sperm whale social units, in the eastern Caribbean...
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Reproductive isolation - the key event in speciation - can evolve when sexual conflict causes selection favouring different combinations of male and female adaptations in different populations. Likely targets of such selection include genes that encode proteins on the surfaces of sperm and eggs, but no previous study has demonstrated intraspecific...

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To learn from the sperm whales of the Caribbean as to better help conserve and protect the populations and cultural diversity of cetaceans worldwide.