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Research Interests

Hector Dolphin at sea

  • Marine mammals
  • Marine conservation
  • Reproductive biology
  • Population biology
  • Population viability analysis
  • Individual-based (agent-based) models
  • Risk analysis

Current Projects

  • Population biology of Hector's dolphins, sperm whales and right whales
  • Population viability analysis for Hector's and Maui dolphins
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of marine mammal protected areas
  • Work with students on impacts of fishing, tourism, mining and noise in the marine environment


Carome, W., Rayment, W., Slooten, E., Bowman, M. H., Martinez, E., & Dawson, S. M. (2023). Snapshots in time: Quantifying dynamics of coastal vessel traffic in a dolphin hotspot. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2023.2261872 Journal - Research Article

Wickman, L., Rayment, W., Dillingham, P., Dawson, S., & Slooten, L. (2023). Updated estimates of survival rate for Hector's dolphins at Banks Peninsula. Proceedings of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Annual Meeting. (pp. 174). [Abstract] Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Brough, T. E., Rayment, W. J., Slooten, L., & Dawson, S. (2023). Prey and habitat characteristics contribute to hotspots of distribution for an endangered coastal dolphin. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10, 1204943. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1204943 Journal - Research Article

Carome, W., Rayment, W., Slooten, E., Bowman, M. H., & Dawson, S. M. (2023). Vessel traffic influences distribution of Aotearoa New Zealand's endemic dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori). Marine Mammal Science, 39, 626-647. doi: 10.1111/mms.12995 Journal - Research Article

Bennington, S., Guerra, M., Johnston, D., Currey, R., Brough, T., Corne, C., … Slooten, E., Dawson, S., & Rayment, W. (2023). Decadal stability in the distribution of bottlenose dolphins in Dusky Sound/Tamatea, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 57(3), 411-424. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2022.2038214 Journal - Research Article

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