Mithriel Mackay

Mithriel Mackay
The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center · Research and Education

Ph.D. Marine Biology

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Introduction
Mithriel MacKay, Ph.D., is the Director of Research & Education for the Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center. Behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, & anatomy/physiology are integral elements of her marine mammal research, including a long term focus on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the North Atlantic. She collaborates with exceptional scientists and interested citizens as a colleague and instructor. Current projects examine humpback whale vocal and nonvocal communication.

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Publications (16)
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North Atlantic humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)) are increasing in number, necessitating current data from winter areas for assessing potential interactions with humans. Occurrence patterns of humpback whales wintering off Puerto Rico were investigated to predict where whales aggregate in nearshore areas. Here we describe th...
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The authors describe antagonistic interactions between short-finned pilot whales (Globicephara machrorhyncus) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Puerto Rican waters.
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The authors describe antagonistic interactions between short-finned pilot whales (Globicephara machrorhyncus) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Puerto Rican waters.
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– A study of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae, Borowski, 1781) was conducted off Puerto Rico, from 2012 through 2016, in an attempt to understand the spatial and temporal connection among current low density areas throughout the southeastern Caribbean. Six hundred and sixteen animals were sighted, of which 87 (14%) were individually identifi...
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The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) partnered with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), British West Indies (BWI) to collect and analyse data on marine animals including humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), cetaceans, sea turtles and other occurring marine megafau...
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Association patterns of North Atlantic humpback whales (NAHW) (Megaptera novaeangliae) off western Puerto Rico were examined to help understand importance of a low density wintering area adjacent to the high density of humpback whales off the Dominican Republic. Data were collected during winters 2011-2014 from multiple platforms. A total of 241 ho...
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North Atlantic humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) (NAHW) migrate to the West Indies to areas where recreational and commercial activities overlap. It is important to predict where whales aggregate, especially as NAHW are presently considered for delisting as endangered by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, and increased interactions...
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North Atlantic humpback whales (NAHW) migrate between feeding grounds and breeding/calving grounds, with most individuals aggregating off the Dominican Republic in winter. Smaller areas throughout the West Indies have fewer individuals and it is possible that these areas were once densely populated, or that they serve another important function in...
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Occurrence patterns and social behaviors of North Atlantic humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) (NAHW) wintering off Puerto Rico were investigated to examine the relationship of this area to the aggregation wintering off the Dominican Republic. I described winter occurrence, movement and association patterns, and the relationship of group assoc...
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I am interested as it seems to intersect with my work on humpback whales in the Greater Antilles since 2010. Thank you.

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Projects (3)
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A study of abundance and occurrence patterns of marine megafauna in a bay off southwest Haiti. This study includes cetaceans, sea turtles, and shark surveys using passive acoustic monitoring, line transect survey from a small vessel, photographic and behavioral data collection.
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Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) has been conducting behavioral and acoustic research on the North Atlantic humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) since 2010 in Mona Passage (between western Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic), and will begin a collaboration in Samana Bay, the Dominican Republic in winter 2018. Vocalizations from acoustic loggers placed since 2006, passive acoustic monitoring, photographic capture-recapture studies, and behavioral observations from land, aerial, and small vessel surveys are being employed to investigate occurrence patterns, association patterns, and movement throughout the study areas.
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Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) is conducting behavioral and acoustic research on the North Atlantic humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Columbus Passage and around the Caicos Bank. Vocalizations from passive acoustic monitoring, photographic capture-recapture studies, and behavioral observations from land and small vessel surveys are being employed to investigate occurrence patterns, association patterns, and movement throughout the study areas. Interactions between cetaceans and whale watch vessels are included in the data collection and analysis.