To characterize the social structure of the long-finned pilot whales which utilize St. Lawrence Bay in the summer months by:
i) quantifying the size and variability of spatio-temporal aggregations of pilot whales
ii) testing the association patterns between individuals against random expectations
iii) testing the rate of persistence of associations over time against random and fitting a model of social relationships to the observed temporal pattern
iv) testing whether known long term associates have different association patterns in the short term with each other than they have with short term associates.
1999-present. Master's of Biology (in progress). Whitehead Lab. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
1995-1999. Honours in Marine Biology (First-class honours, minor
in statistics). Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Scholarships / Awards
1999-2001. Isaac Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (Honorary).
1999-2001. NSERC Post-graduate Scholarship (Master's level).
1999. Governor General's Silver Medal, Dalhousie University
1999. Marine Biology Medal, Dalhousie University
1999. David Durward Memorial Prize
1998. Hugh P. Bell Scholarship in Biology
1998. Laing Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship
1996-1999. Fessenden-Trott Scholarship
1996. B'nai B'rith Prize
1996. J.G. MacGregor Memorial Prize
1995-1999. Dalhousie Renewable Entrance Scholarship
1994. Duke of Edinburgh's Young Canadian's Challenge, Silver Level
Publications (non-peer reviewed)
Ottensmeyer, A. 2000. The fascinations of watching whales. Neuschottländer Bote (Nova Scotian Messenger), 5(1).
Ottensmeyer, C.A. 1999. Pilot whale parties: A study of the social
structure of long-finned pilot whales, Globicephala melas, using
photo-identification techniques. Honours thesis, Dalhousie University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Ottensmeyer, C.A. 1999. Social structure of long-finned pilot whales
using photo-identification techniques. 13th Biennial Conference on
the Biology of Marine Mammals, Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Oral Presentations (*denotes presenter)
*Ottensmeyer, C.A. Their ocean too: natural history and conservation of the cetaceans of atlantic Canada. Coastal Zone 2000 Youth Forum, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, September 2000. (Invited speaker)
*Ottensmeyer, C.A. Pilot whale parties: A study of the social structure of long-finned pilot whales, Globicephala melas, using photo-identification techniques. Atlantic Universities Undergraduate Biology Conference, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, April 1999.
Ottensmeyer, C.A. and *D.A. Jackson. Fish communities of the experimental
lakes area. Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research. Kingston, Ontario,
Canada, January 1998.
Relevant Practical Experience
November 2000: Field assistant aboard the yacht Balaena during studies of sperm whales off the coast of northern Chile. Work included photographic, genetic and acoustic sampling.
1998-2000: Primary researcher studying social structure of long-finned pilot whales. Study based in northern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in conjunction with Captain Cox's Whale Watch, Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia.
May-September 1997: Field assistant and summer student in studies
of freshwater fish communities in southern Ontario, Canada. Work
included tagging and measuring fish, and multivariate statistical analysis
of ecological data. Supervisor: Donald A. Jackson, Department of Biology,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
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