Rebecca M Boys

Rebecca M Boys
Massey University · Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

BSc Applied Marine Biology; PhD student

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Introduction
I am currently a PhD student at the Cetacean Ecology Research Group, Massey University, NZ, where I am applying welfare science to cetacean strandings. My previous work was at IMAR and MARE in the Azores where I used photo-identification techniques with capture-mark-recapture modelling to estimate demographic parameters of cetacean species. I was involved in the organisation of the World Marine Mammal Conference 2019, and was on the Education committee of the Society for Marine Mammalogy
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - October 2016
Freelancer MMO/PAM
Position
  • PAM operator
June 2015 - August 2016
University of the Azores
Position
  • Research Assistant
June 2013 - September 2014
Natural Resources Wales, UK
Position
  • Marine Monitoring Assistant

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Publications (16)
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Despite the known benefit of considering welfare within wildlife conservation and management, there remains a lack of data to inform such evaluations. To assess animal welfare, relevant information must be captured scientifically and systematically. A key first step is identifying potential indicators of welfare and the practicality of their measur...
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Wildlife management can influence animal welfare and survival, although both are often not explicitly integrated into decision making. This study explores fundamental concepts and key concerns relating to the welfare and survival of stranded cetaceans. Using the Delphi method, the opinions of an international, interdisciplinary expert panel were ga...
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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are tools used to ensure management best practice during emergency incidents including wildlife interventions, such as cetacean strandings. The compromised state of stranded cetaceans means humane end-of-life decisions may be considered, and SOPs frequently guide this process. This study evaluated SOPs for end-o...
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Integrating welfare principles into conservation strategy is an emerging synthesis that encourages consideration of individual animals’ quality of life in research, policies and law. However, these principles have gained limited traction in marine compared to terrestrial animal conservation. This manuscript investigates several factors that may be...
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The compromised state of stranded cetaceans means that euthanasia is often required. However, current knowledge and implementation of euthanasia methods remain highly variable, with limited data on the practicalities and welfare impacts of procedures. This study evaluated the available published data on cetacean euthanasia, highlighting knowledge g...
Poster
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The project MISTIC SEAS I selected common species and Management Units (MUs) in European Macaronesia islands (Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands) and defined thresholds and environmental targets to help determine the Good Environmental Status (GES) of this MUs following the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). MISTIC...
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Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are a qualifying feature of three special areas of conservation (SACs) in Wales, yet relatively little is known of their site use along this coastline. Since 1992, many individuals and organisations have contributed to a grey seal photographic identification database held by Natural Resources Wales, which is one of t...
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Capture-mark-recapture methods have been extensively used to estimate abundance, demography, and life history parameters of populations of several taxa. However, the high mobility of many species means that dedicated surveys are logistically complicated and expensive. Use of opportunis-tic data may be an alternative, if modeling takes into account...
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Information on abundance and demography is essential to assess the status of populations, inform conservation and management measures and evaluate effectiveness of those measures. Application of capture-mark-recapture (CMR) methods to photo-identification data has been extensively used to estimate abundance and life history parameters of cetacean p...

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Projects (3)
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Using opportunistic photo-identification data in mark-recapture models to estimate the demographic parameters of the sperm whales that use the Azores.
Project
Examine different aspects of the welfare of cetaceans, including understanding the importance of sociality for the welfare of cetaceans and other marine mammals.