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I am broadly interested in applied ecological research and aquatic resource management. More specifically, I’m interested in marine mammal ecology and conservation with a focus on quantitative applications. My work at Cascadia primarily consists of processing and analyzing telemetry data for various Hawaiian odontocete projects, although I’m involved in a number of different studies concerning odontocete stock structure and management in Hawai‘i. Personal website: michaela-kratofil.com
In this assessment we incorporated published and unpublished information to delineate and score Biologically Important Areas (BIAs) for cetaceans in the Hawaiʻi region following standardized criteria. Twenty-six cetacean species have been documented in Hawaiʻi. Eleven odontocete species have distinct small populations resident to one or more island...
Incidental bycatch in fisheries is a pressing conservation issue for marine mammal populations across the globe. However, the ability to detect and therefore mitigate this issue is challenging for several reasons. Fishermen are unlikely to voluntarily report bycatch due to fear of penalization or apathy towards it. While fisheries observer programs...
False killer whales are long-lived, slow to mature, apex predators, and therefore susceptible to bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Hawaiian waters are home to three distinct populations: pelagic; Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) insular; and main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular. Following a precipitous decline over recent...
False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) are long-lived, slow to mature, apex predators, and therefore susceptible to bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Hawaiian waters are home to three distinct populations/stocks: pelagic, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), and main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). The MHI stock comprises at lea...
Previous studies on interactions between Sea Lamprey and Lake Trout have focused on direct mortality of Lake Trout populations resulting from Sea Lamprey parasitism. However, an estimated 45-75% of Lake Trout survive a parasitism event. Little is known about how the reproductive physiology of survivors is affected or what the consequences are for L...