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J Michael Williamson

J Michael Williamson
WhaleNet @ Wheelock College of Education Boston University

MA Environmental Science, BS Physical Science
Guest lecturer and VP Mingan Island Cetacean Study BOD


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Additional affiliations
September 2020 - present
University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Lecturer
  • Lecturer on Marine Mammal Biology and Ecology
July 2007 - August 2020
St. Marys Anglican Girls School, Perth
  • Consultant
  • Advise on research program to photo-id and catalog whale and manta data. Advise on research and lecture in the Marine Science program. Guest lecture for professional development.
September 1988 - January 2017
Wheelock College
  • Managing Director


Publications (7)
Technical Report
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Photoidentification of the Blue Whale
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) utilizes satellite transmitters to monitor adult and juvenile loggerhead sea turtle behavior and movement in the South Atlantic. Satellite telemetry technology has significantly contributed to the study of the offshore Georgia loggerhead sea turtle population that has been declining in recent years. In...
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Pinnipeds are the most commonly stranded, and most commonly rehabilitated marine mammals. Each year, hundreds of pinnipeds are released following treatment at rehabilitation centers, zoos and aquaria. With improved medical care and husbandry-and limited space for permanent care-increasing numbers of rescued animals are being released. Despite the n...
We present here the first long term study of the blue whale, based on the photoidentification of individuals. The study took place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada and consisted of 672 days of observation during 36 months from 1979 to 1988. Observations were carried out using small boats and amphibious aircraft from the Saguenay River to the Str...


Project (1)
The goal of WhaleNet 2.0 is to foster STEM (STEAM) learning through the use of technology and established research techniques. The new marine mammal research supported by St. Mary’s Marine Science Program would develop research programs for local whale species populations following established research protocols used by existing research institutions around the world. Using MICSPix and traditional field research techniques, the students would conduct research and compare the findings of the new program data to established research data to determine the similarities and differences in data collected in Western Australia. They would then share the findings with the collaborating organizations and educational programs using technology such as the SKYPE Classroom program, web pages, Facebook and basic email.