Conference Awards

Conference Award Winners 2017

Frederic Fairfield Memorial Award

Chris McKnight (Winner)
Shedding new light on diving physiology: Using non-invasive near-infrared light spectroscopy to measure haemodynamics and oxygenation in the brain and blubber of free-swimming seals. (Read abstract here.)

Casey Clarke (Runner-up)
Braving the elements: Investigating Pacific walrus life history and movements using trace elements in teeth. (Read abstract here.)

J. Stephen Leatherwood Memorial Award

Yi Han
Habitat changing processes in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River: A case study of the Yangtze finless porpoise. (Read abstract here.)

IFAW Award for Welfare and Conservation

Lucy Keith Diagne
The Senegal stranding network: Year-round monitoring of stranded cetaceans detects high seasonal mortality and bycatch hotspots (Read abstract here.)

SMM Student Awards

Charlotte Dunn (Video)
Bahamian sperm whales: Smaller than average (Read abstract; Watch video)
Emily Humble (Talk– Pre-doctoral Student) (Read abstract.)
Measuring inbreeding in a declining population of Antarctic fur seals
Charmaine Hamilton (Talk – Doctoral Student) (Read abstract.)
Impacts of sea-ice declines on a pinnacle Arctic predator-prey relationship; habitat, behaviour and spatial overlap between coastal polar bears and ringed seals.
Sarah Strobel (Speed Talk – Pre-doctoral Student) (Read abstract.)
A Behavioural Assessment of Active Touch in Sea Otters: Paw and Whisker Texture Discrimination in Air and Underwater
Kirsten Thompson (Speed Talk – Doctoral Student) (Read abstract.)
Gray’s beaked whales: An elusive but abundant species of the Southern Hemisphere?
Karen Backe (Poster – Pre-doctoral Student) (Read abstract; See poster.)
Effect of sea level rise and storm surge on Pacific harbor seal habitat: A comparison of haul-out changes at the Russian and Eel River Estuaries
Stephen Chan (Poster – Doctoral Student) (Read abstract; See poster.)
Survival or extinction of a declining population? Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins at the brink in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Estuary

Audience Favourites

(Read all Audience Favourite abstracts here.)

MONDAY: Michelle Fournet
Southeast Alaska humpback whales increase non-song source levels in higher natural or manmade ambient noise
TUESDAY: John Calambokidis
A high risk intertidal feeding strategy for gray whales examined with new suction-cup attached multi-sensor video tags
WEDNESDAY: Dave Rosen
Dive, Steller, Dive: New insights into how marine mammals respond to changes in prey distribution
THURSDAY: Casey Clark
Braving the elements: Investigating Pacific walrus life history and movements using trace elements in teeth
FRIDAY: Ari Friedlaender
Turning left to stay right: A unique test of lateralization across the full range of three-dimensional foraging maneuvers in blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus)

Awards given prior to Conference

John R. Twiss, Jr. Award: for Marine Mammal Science’s best manuscript focused on innovative research related to marine mammal habitat and ecosystem conservation.

Briana Witteveen
Trophic niche partitioning and diet composition of sympatric fin (Balaenoptera physalus) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Gulf of Alaska revealed through stable isotope analysis (Read paper.)

 

F.G. Wood Memorial Scholarship Award: for the best student manuscript in Marine Mammal Science. The winner is also invited to give a plenary at the Biennial Conference.

Julie van der Hoop
Drag from Fishing Gear Entangling North Atlantic Right Whales (Read paper.)

 

Leatherwood Student Travel Grants
Divya Panicker
Title: Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) estuary use patterns in Kochi Harbour, India (View poster.)

Long Vu
Title: Potential of using pinger as cetacean by-catch mitigation in Vietnam: What meta-analysis can tell us? (View poster.)

 

Stu Innes Memorial Student Travel Bursary: For a post-secondary student conducting marine mammal research in the Arctic, supporting travel to the Biennial Conference.
Charmaine Hamilton
Impacts of sea-ice declines on a pinnacle Arctic predator-prey relationship; habitat, behaviour and spatial overlap between coastal polar bears and ringed seals. (Read abstract.)
Charmain also won the Best Doctoral Talk Award. Well done Charmaine!