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 Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell

Postgraduate Research Student

 The Farmhouse 

 

The Farmhouse, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

As a conservation scientist, my interest is focused on investigating anthropogenic interactions with biodiversity and how these can be mitigated. My research during my MSc studies at the University of Exeter was on river dolphin spatial distribution and abundance in Ucayali, Peru. I am currently working at the Peruvian NGO, ProDelphinus, which works with fishers to develop sustainable practices.

Broad research specialisms

  • Marine conservation
  • Aquatic vertebrate ecology
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Acoustics

Qualifications

MASTER OF SCIENCE: University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, 2013 – 2014

MSc. Biodiversity and Conservation, Distinction award

Dissertation: Spatial Distribution of Amazon River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis) in Yarinacocha, Peru  

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2008 – 2012

BSc. Biology with a concentration in marine biology, Honorable Student Award

DUKE UNIVERSITY MARINE LAB: Oak Foundation Fellow (Beaufort, NC), Spring 2011

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Research

Research interests

Project Title: Aquatic mammal distribution, conservation, and fishery interactions in Peru.

Supervisors: Brendan Godley, Ruth Thurstan 

Funding Body: WWF Russell E. Train Fellowship

Project Description:

My Ph.D focusses on distribution and threats river dolphin species face in the Peruvian Amazon. In Peru, these cetacean populations lack baseline information such as habitat use, abundance and the main threats they face. The further objective of this study is to characterize fishery interactions of aquatic mammals, which are listed as protected species under Peruvian law or international agreements, to better understand these events and to work toward identifying and implementing improved conservation measures. 

Research projects

Publications:

Campbell E, Mangel JC, Alfaro-Shigueto J, Mena JL, Thurstan RH, Godley BJ (2020) Coexisting in the Peruvian Amazon: Interactions between fisheries and river dolphins. J Nat Conserv:125859.

Campbell E, Pasara-Polack A, Mangel JC, Alfaro-Shigueto J (2020) Use of Small Cetaceans as Bait in Small-Scale Fisheries in Peru. Front Mar Sci 7:1–9.

Guidino C, Campbell E, Alcorta B, Gonzales V, Mangel JC, Pacheco AS, Silva S, Alfaro-Shigueto J (2020) Whale-watching in Northern Peru: An economic boom? Tour Mar Environ 15:1–10.

Testino JP, Petit A, Alcorta B, Pacheco AS, Silva S, Alfaro-Shigueto J, Sarmiento D, Quiñones J, Eche AM, Motta E, Fernandez S, Campbell E, Carrillo G, Epstein M (2019) Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Occurrence and Interactions with Marine Mammals Off Peru. Pacific Sci 73:261.

Campbell, E. et al., (2017). Abundance estimate of the Amazon River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the tucuxi ( Sotalia fluviatilis ) in southern Ucayali, Peru. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 45(5), pp.957–969.

Campbell, E. & Alfaro-Shigueto, J., (2016). Diagnóstico sobre el estado de conservación de delfines de río y manatíes amazónicos. Book chapter in Diversidad biológica del sudeste de la Amazonía Peruana: avances en la investigación. Lima: WWF.

Conference presentations

WHALE ENTANGLEMENT: FREQUENCY AND ECONOMIC COST SMM Conference. Halifax, Canada October 2017

WHALE ENTANGLEMENT IN GILLNET FISHERIES OF NORTHERN PERU Poster at V Congress of Marine Sciences of Peru (CONCIMAR) November 2016 (Chiclayo, Peru) 

DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL CONSERVATION PLAN FOR RIVER DOLPHINS IN PERUVIAN AMAZON Poster at V Congress of Marine Sciences of Peru (CONCIMAR) November 2016 (Chiclayo, Peru) 

DENSITY ESTIMATION AND ABUNDANCE OF AMAZON RIVER DOLPHIN AND TUCUXI IN YARINACOCHA‚ PERÚ:   Oral presentation at XV Symposium of the Latin American Society of Aquatic Mammals (SOLAMAC) December 2014. (Cartagena, Colombia)

OVERCOMING LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTING OBSERVER PROGRAMS IN SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES:  Poster at Annual International Symposium No. 33 in Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles, 2013 (Baltimore, MD).

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