Hal Whitehead's Research Group


Balaena in Chile

Sperm Whale

Research platform : Balaena, a Valiant 40 sailboat

Sperm whales in the Gulf of
California and in the Sargasso and Caribbean seas




Pilot Whales

Northern Bottlenose whale

Pilot whales off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Northern bottlenose whales in the Gully Marine Protected Area off Nova Scotia



Hal Whitehead



Dara Orbach

(Killam Post-doctoral Fellow)



Doctoral (Ph.D.)

Armando Manolo Alvarez Torres
Joana Augusto
Laura Joan Feyrer



Masters (M.Sc.)

Honours Students:

Other Dalhousie Cetacean Researchers

Previous students:

Wilfried Beslin

Christine Konrad

Ana Eguiguren

Taylor Hersh

Emma Clarke

Felicia Vachon

Sarah Dier-McComb

Christopher Taggart (Oceanography)

Lindy Weilgart (Research Associate)

Tonya Wimmer (Instructor, NS Stranding Network)

Undergraduate Honours


Advice for potential graduate students



Research Topics:

The group conducts scientific research on the culture, behavioural ecology, social organisation, ranging behaviour, distribution, population biology, acoustic behaviour and conservation of several cetacean species.

Species Studied:

Primary study species include the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), the northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), and the long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas).


List of Publications (.pdf) from the Lab 1977-present (including "in press")

Software :

SOCPROG 2.7 Programs for Analysing Social Structure

Mailing address: Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4J1, Canada
Website created by Sascha Hooker --- Modifications by Sascha Hooker, Susan Dufault, Luke Rendell, Tyler Schulz, Lars Bejder, Shane Gero, Leah Nemiroff, Catalina Gomez, Hal Whitehead
Last Updated September 2016 by Hal Whitehead