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Dr Marta Guerra

Contact details

Office 310 Castle Street, room 105
Tel +64 3 479 5453
Email marta.guerra@otago.ac.nz

Academic qualifications

BSc (Environmental Biology) – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
PGDip (Wildlife Management) – University of Otago
MSc Thesis (Marine Science) – University of Otago
PhD (Marine Science) – University of Otago

Teaching involvement

  • MARI 302 – Biology and behaviour of marine vertebrates
  • MARI 112 – Global marine systems
  • ZOOL 418 – Conservation of marine mammals

Research interests

  • Ecology, conservation biology and behaviour of marine mammals
  • Species-habitat relationships
  • Food webs

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Publications

Dickson, T., Rayment, W., Guerra, M., & Dawson, S. (2021). Multi-decadal observations of the size structure of sperm whales at Kaikōura, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2021.1960570

Fumagalli, M., Guerra, M., Brough, T., Carome, W., Constantine, R., Higham, J., Rayment, W., Slooten, E., … Dawson, S. (2021). Looking back to move forward: Lessons from three decades of research and management of cetacean tourism in New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 624448. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.624448

Bennington, S., Rayment, W., Currey, R., Oldridge, L., Henderson, S., Guerra, M., … Johnston, D., … Slooten, L., & Dawson, S. (2021). Long-term stability in core habitat of an endangered population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Implications for spatial management. Aquatic Conservation, 31, 665-676. doi: 10.1002/aqc.3460

Guerra, M., Wing, L., Dawson, S., & Rayment, W. (2020). Stable isotope analyses reveal seasonal and inter-individual variation in the foraging ecology of sperm whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 638, 207-219. doi: 10.3354/meps13255

Guerra, M., Dawson, S., Sabadel, A., Slooten, E., Somerford, T., Williams, R., Wing, L., & Rayment, W. (2020). Changes in habitat use by a deep-diving predator in response to a coastal earthquake. Deep Sea Research Part I, 158, 103226. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103226

Bennington, S., Rayment, W., Currey, R., Oldridge, L., Henderson, S., Guerra, M., … Johnston, D., … Slooten, L., & Dawson, S. (2021). Long-term stability in core habitat of an endangered population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Implications for spatial management. Aquatic Conservation, 31, 665-676. doi: 10.1002/aqc.3460

Journal - Research Article

Dickson, T., Rayment, W., Guerra, M., & Dawson, S. (2021). Multi-decadal observations of the size structure of sperm whales at Kaikōura, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2021.1960570

Journal - Research Article

Guerra, M., Dawson, S., Sabadel, A., Slooten, E., Somerford, T., Williams, R., Wing, L., & Rayment, W. (2020). Changes in habitat use by a deep-diving predator in response to a coastal earthquake. Deep Sea Research Part I, 158, 103226. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103226

Journal - Research Article

Guerra, M., Wing, L., Dawson, S., & Rayment, W. (2020). Stable isotope analyses reveal seasonal and inter-individual variation in the foraging ecology of sperm whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 638, 207-219. doi: 10.3354/meps13255

Journal - Research Article

Guerra, M., Hickmott, L., van der Hoop, J., Rayment, W., Leunissen, E., Slooten, E., & Moore, M. (2017). Diverse foraging strategies by a marine top predator: Sperm whales exploit pelagic and demersal habitats in the Kaikōura submarine canyon. Deep Sea Research Part I, 128, 98-108. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.08.012

Journal - Research Article

Brough, T. E., Henderson, S., Guerra, M., & Dawson, S. M. (2016). Factors influencing heterogeneity in female reproductive success in a critically endangered population of bottlenose dolphins. Endangered Species Research, 29(3), 255-270. doi: 10.3354/esr00715

Journal - Research Article

Guerra, M., & Dawson, S. M. (2016). Boat-based tourism and bottlenose dolphins in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand: The role of management in decreasing dolphin-boat interactions. Tourism Management, 57, 3-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.05.010

Journal - Research Article

Brough, T. E., Guerra, M., & Dawson, S. M. (2015). Photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins in the far south of New Zealand indicates a 'new', previously unstudied population. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 49(1), 150-158. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2014.984728

Journal - Research Article

Guerra, M., Dawson, S. M., Brough, T. E., & Rayment, W. J. (2014). Effects of boats on the surface and acoustic behaviour of an endangered population of bottlenose dolphin. Endangered Species Research, 24(3), 221-236. doi: 10.3354/esr00598

Journal - Research Article

Guerra-Bobo, M., & Brough, T. E. (2011). Neighbour density, body size and anti-predator hiding time in the New Zealand mud-crab Austrohelice crassa. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 91(3), 691-694. doi: 10.1017/S0025315410001049

Journal - Research Article

Fumagalli, M., Guerra, M., Brough, T., Carome, W., Constantine, R., Higham, J., Rayment, W., Slooten, E., … Dawson, S. (2021). Looking back to move forward: Lessons from three decades of research and management of cetacean tourism in New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 624448. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.624448

Journal - Research Other

Guerra, M., Rayment, W., Wing, L., Slooten, L., & Dawson, S. (2016). Trophic interactions in the Kaikōura submarine canyon: From primary productivity to sperm whales. Proceedings of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) and Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Conference: Sharing Ocean Resources: Now and in the Future. (pp. 41). Retrieved from https://innovators.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/nzmss-amsa-2016/home/Agenda

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Brough, T., Henderson, S., Currey, R., Guerra, M., & Dawson, S. (2013). It matters who your mum is: Variation in female reproductive success and calf survival in the bottlenose dolphin population of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. (pp. 33). Retrieved from http://www.marinemammalscience.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Guerra, M., Dawson, S. M., & Brough, T. E. (2013). Impacts of tourism on bottlenose dolphins in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand: Management success and next steps for mitigation. Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. (pp. 86). Retrieved from http://www.marinemammalscience.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hickmott, L. S., van der Hoop, J., Rayment, W., Slooten, E., Guerra, M., Fahlman, A., … Miller, B. S., & Moore, M. (2013). New Zealand sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus): From an eye in the sky, to insights in the abyss, a multi-disciplinary study of the sperm whales of Kaikoura Canyon. Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. (pp. 94). Retrieved from http://www.marinemammalscience.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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