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Marine Networks for Business

Marine Mammal Studies Network

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Overview

To help develop marine businesses within Wales and to provide an additional and useful resource for past and present students of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, the School of Ocean Sciences Association (SOSA) has set up networks with links to experts who can provide technical advice and information on career development and training. Please contact the mentor below with any questions you may have.

Mike Tetley - Marine Mammal Researcher

m.j.tetley@bangor.ac.uk

Mike is currently studying for a Ph.D. at Bangor University (2008), focusing on the habitat suitability and coastal ecology of minke whales in the North Atlantic.

Mikes has built up connections and working partnerships with a number of research organisations and non-profit charities. These include the Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (http://www.crru.org.uk/) and Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in Scotland (http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/), the Ocean Research and Education Society in Canada (http://www.ores.ch/) and the Húsavík Whale Museum in Iceland (http://www.whalemuseum.is/) . As former Conservation Director for the marine conservation charity Organisation Cetacea (ORCA) (http://www.orcaweb.org.uk/) , and a current member of the ORCA scientific committee, Mike has helped develop and build working partnerships with a number of maritime shipping companies .  Mike is and active member of both the European Cetacean Society (http://www.europeancetaceansociety.eu/) and the Society of Marine Mammalogy (http://www.marinemammalogy.org/) where he has presented his research and promoted the activities of the organisations with which he has worked.

Aside from research on cetaceans Mike is an active proponent of raising awareness, education and interpretation development regarding marine mammals and the wider marine environment. He is actively involved in training and engaging the public in marine mammal observation techniques and survey methodologies, providing lectures and talks in association with outreach programs for schools and interest groups as well as consulting on translational projects associated with developing high quality sustainable wildlife tourism. Through Bangor University and the Welsh Institute for Sustainable Environment (http://www.wisenetwork.org/), Mike has developed and provided training to students and small to medium enterprises in research techniques associated with statistics, remote sensing and geographical information systems.

   

http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk

http://www.ores.ch/

Information last updated 12.03.2008

Professor Sean Todd PhD - Marine Mammalogy, Biology and Oceanography

stodd@coa.edu

Image of Professor Sean ToddSean Todd teaches biology and marine science at the College of the Atlantic (COA) in Maine, USA http://www.coa.edu/html/home.htm . He also directs Allied Whale, the college's marine mammal research group, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine in Orono. He earned his B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University College of North Wales (Bangor, UK) in 1987, and his M.Sc. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Biopsychology, at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada). At COA Sean serves as part of the marine science faculty, and holds the Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences. He believes strongly in placing students in the field environment to provide the best possible experiential education. This includes numerous field trips on the ocean and visits to the Colleges offshore islands. COA offers degrees which study the interaction of humans with the environment with particular emphasis on conservation and sustainability and effects to endangered marine mammal species. Internships are frequently offered and overseas students are encouraged.

As a researcher, Sean is involved in several projects as a principal investigator. Studies include: photo-identification and biopsy of finback and humpback whales, working at sites that vary from the remote field site of Mount Desert Rock, located 25 miles offshore in the Gulf of Maine, to the Antarctic Peninsula; marine mammal bioacoustics; whale-vessel shipstrikes and fishery entanglements; oceanographic predictors distribution of marine mammals; and examinations of baleen whale and pinniped foraging ecology using stable isotopes. He is also the director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program at College of the Atlantic.

Much of Sean's background is in the field of fishery-marine mammal interactions. He spent 10 years in Newfoundland as part of the Whale Disentanglement team, a group that releases large entangled whales from fishing gear. He regularly consults with the federal and state governments on disentanglement activities. He has worked on several projects that successfully designed alarms for fishing gear that reduce marine mammal entanglements. Sean also serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of both the American Cetacean Society and The Marine Environmental Research Institute.
For a complete list of publications and PDFs please visit Sean's website: http://199.33.141.196/faculty/webpages/stodd/index.html