Project leader and researcher
WA Museum

Person details


Major research interests

My interests include:

  • The biology and status of humpback whales off the west coast of WA, undertaking aerial surveys, funded by the Commonwealth Government (recently through the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, AMMC, Hobart) in and off Shark Bay intermittently between 1976 and 2009.
  • The biology and status of southern right whales off the southern coast of Australia, annually since 1976. Until 1993 surveys were flown along the southern WA coast mainly between Cape Leeuwin and Twilight Cove, but in that year they were extended to Ceduna, SA, to include the major calving area at Head of Bight SA. All except those in 2011 (funded by the Island Foundation, Mass., USA), and 2015 (funded through the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub) have been funded most recently through the AMMC.


Academic qualifications

  • 1957-60 - Oxford University (Corpus Christi College), Honours School of Natural Science, First Class Honours in Zoology
  • 1960 - BA (Hons)
  • 1964 - MA (Hons)


Membership of key national committees

  • 1981-1988 and 2001-present - Invited Participant to annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee; currently convenor/chair of the Revised Management Procedure sub-committee. 
  • 1978-1980, and 1989-2000 - Chair, International Commission Scientific Committee.
  • 1970-1978 - Australian delegate to annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee.
  • 1963 - member of the UK delegation to the International Whaling Commission, London.