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Ocean Health

Whales and Dolphins of the Hebrides

Volunteers took part in a seafaring expedition to investigate the cetaceans of the North Atlantic.

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Data collected by Earthwatch volunteers had a direct impact on safeguarding the biodiversity of the marine environment now and for the future.

Data collection provides critical tools for safeguarding the future of Scotland’s cetaceans

In the waters off western Scotland, a combination of undersea trenches and peaks and cold and warm waters (an effect of the Gulf Stream) creates an environment that supports a wide range of cetaceans. Many of the 24 species found in this area are recognized as conservation priorities at the national and international levels. But despite the diversity and abundance of cetacean species, there are few management strategies to ensure their protection.

Dolphins

The effects of climate change on marine mammals are still uncertain.

The marine environment is ever changing, and with the prospect of climate change, offshore renewable energy development, and changes in the management of fish stocks, it is essential to understand how a species may react to changes in its environment over time. The effects of climate change on marine mammals are still uncertain; however, habitat fragmentation leading to population declines is a concerning possibility. Data collected by Earthwatch volunteers had a direct impact in safeguarding the biodiversity of the marine environment now and for the future.

About the research area

Argyll Island, Atlantic Area, Hebrides, United Kingdom, Europe & Russia

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MEET THE LEAD SCIENTIST

Jonathan
Gordon
Research Fellow, University of St. Andrews

ABOUT Jonathan Gordon

Dr. Jonathan Gordon has developed pioneering methods for studying cetaceans, and investigate human impacts on whales and dolphins.

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