[MARMAM] 10/23: NOAA Seminar: Chesapeake DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay

Tracy Gill - NOAA Federal tracy.gill at noaa.gov
Mon Oct 21 06:55:00 PDT 2019

*OneNOAA Science Seminar Series
*Please forward to folks who might be interested; thanks.*

*Title: **Chesapeake DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay*

*Speaker: *Helen Bailey, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Chesapeake
Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental
*Presenting at NOAA in Silver Spring*

*When: *Wednesday, October 23, 12-1pm EDT

*Where: *Via webinar (see below) or for NOAA Silver Spring staff, SSMC4, Rm

*Sponsor: *NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar; coordinator is
Tracy.Gill at noaa.gov

*Webinar Access: *Please register at:
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Questions? Email Tracy.Gill at noaa.gov

*Abstract: *Although documented sightings of bottlenose dolphins in the
Chesapeake Bay date back to the 1800s, there is very little information on
where they go, how long they spend there and what they are doing. Through
our Chesapeake DolphinWatch app and website (www.chesapeakedolphinwatch.org
we have been able to raise public awareness about bottlenose dolphins in
the Bay. As well allowing users to view and report dolphin sightings, we
provide responsible viewing guidelines to encourage safe and respectful
encounters with these wild animals. This sighting information has helped to
guide where we have conducted passive acoustic monitoring to learn more
about the dolphins' movements and behaviors within the Chesapeake Bay, and
characterize the underwater soundscape. Through analysis of dolphin
signature whistles we have identified individual calls allowing us to
record the number and identity of individual bottlenose dolphins. These
data provide an important baseline on the distribution and seasonal
occurrence of bottlenose dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay.

*About the Speaker: *Helen Bailey is a Research Associate Professor at the
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for
Environmental Science. She has published over 50 journal articles,
specializing in marine mammals and sea turtles. She received her B.A.
(Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK, and her
M.Sc. in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK. Dr. Bailey
was awarded her Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen (UK) for her work on
the habitat use of bottlenose dolphins. She subsequently studied the
underwater sound levels and environmental impacts of offshore wind turbines
on marine mammals. Dr. Bailey then received a National Research Council
postdoctoral award to study migration pathways and hot spots of marine
predators at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as
part of the Census of Marine Life’s Tagging of Pacific Predators project.
She joined the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in
2010 where her research focuses on studying movement ecology, patterns of
habitat use and behavior of marine species, and its application to
management and conservation.

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