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Cortney Watt
University of British Columbia

I started my Ph.D. in January 2010 in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Steven Ferguson (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Winnipeg). My research focuses on understanding narwhal foraging ecology using satellite tracking methods, and determining prey preference using both stable isotope and fatty acid analyses. Specific objectives include: 1) determining risk of extinction for the narwhal compared to other cetaceans; 2) identifying and comparing dive behaviour and foraging locations in two narwhal populations; 3) determining dietary preference of narwhals and defining seasonal, spatial, and temporal changes in diet; and 4) utilizing diet similarities to determine social and population structure.


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Innovative Research on Monitoring Marine Mammals to Mitigate Impacts of a Changing Arctic

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