• The University of Western Australia (M701), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Kate is an Australian marine mammal ecologist. She completed her PhD on the behavioural ecology of bottlenose dolphins (habitat use, abundance and distribution, home range, climate change) in southwest Australia. After which, she secured a European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and was based in the Marine Bioacoustics Lab at Aarhus University in Denmark. Kate’s research on marine mammals examines i) the impacts of anthropogenic stressors (e.g., vessel noise, swim-with-cetacean activities) on individuals, ii) behavioural ecology (e.g., feeding techniques), iii) predator-prey interactions, iv) responses to large-scale climate drivers (e.g., ENSO), v) behavioural development of offspring, and vi) energy expenditure and body condition of individuals. Kate’s research has focused on multiple species, including, southern right whales, humpback whales, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins and humpback dolphins. Research study areas have been off Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Antarctica and the Canary Islands. Kate undertook her undergraduate at the University of Queensland and the University of California (Santa Barbara), her PhD at Murdoch University and Duke University, and postdoctorates at Aarhus University. Kate is based at the University of Western Australia at the Albany campus (Great Southern Marine Research Facility). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Science, PhD, Sex-specific patterns in abundance, home ranges and habitat use of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in south-western Australia, Murdoch University

Marine Science, Honours, Small-scale habitat use and movements of dugongs with respect to tides, foraging time and vessel traffic on the eastern bank areas of Moreton Bay, University of Queensland

Research expertise keywords

  • Marine mammal
  • Cetacean
  • Whale
  • Dolphin
  • Marine science
  • Marine ecology
  • Behaviour
  • Behaviour change
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Predator ecology
  • Climate change
  • Marine conservation
  • Conservation biology
  • Habitat modelling
  • Marine megafauna
  • Ecological modelling


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