MSc (1st Class Hons): Thompson, K.F. 2013. Genetic diversity, population structure and morphology in New Zealand’s beaked whales. MSc Thesis, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.
Funding: University of Auckland MSc Scholarship 2012; OMV New Zealand Ltd Scholarship 2011; George Mason Charitable Trust Scholarship 2011
After graduating I worked for several years as a field biologist on a wide range of conservation projects, ranging from otter population surveys, radio-tracking pine martens, squirrels and badgers and a number of cetacean population studies. I am passionate about the use of robust science in answering questions vital to species conservation management and have worked in the UK, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and New Zealand.
Publications, Reports & Presentations:
DALEBOUT, M.L., BAKER, C.S., STEEL, D., THOMPSON, K.F., ROBERTSON, K., CHIVERS, S.J., PERRIN, W.F., GONATILAKE, M., ANDERSON, R.C., MEAD< J.G., POTTER, C.W., YAMADA, T.K., THOMPSON, T.K., JUPITER, D. A new beaked whale (Ziphiidae) in the tropical indo-Pacific. Marine Mammal Science In Press
BAKER, C.S., HUTT, A., THOMPSON, K., DALEBOUT, M.L., ROBBINS, J., BORWNELL, R.L., STONE, G.S. 2013. Species identity and human consumption of beaked whales int he Gilbert Islands, Republic of Kiribati. Animal Conservation. doi: 10/111/acv.12039
Thompson, K.F., Millar, C.D., Baker, C.S., Dalebout, M., Steel, D., van Helden, A.L. & Constantine, R. 2013. A novel conservation approach provides insights into the management of rare cetaceans. Biological Conservation 157:331-340
Thompson, K., Baker, C.S., van Helden, A., Patel, S., Millar, C. & Constantine, R. 2012. The world’s rarest whale. Current Biology 22(21):R905-906
Thompson, K.F., Millar, C.D. Baker, C.S., Dalebout, M. L., Steel, D.J and Constantine, R. 2012. New Zealand beaked whales: novel insights from 20 years of stranding samples. Poster presented at the Joint Australia and New Zealand Marine Sciences Conference, Hobart, Australia, July 2012.
Baker, C.S., Hutt, A., Thompson K., Dalebout, M.L., Robbins, J. and Stone, G. 2012. Species identity and local use of cetaceans in the Gilbert Islands, Republic of Kiribati. Report to the International Whaling Commission, Scientific Committee No. SC/64/SM4.
Dalebout, M.L., Baker, C.S., Steel, D., Thompson, K., Roberstson, K., Chivers, S.J., Perrin, W.F., Goonatilake, M., Anderson, R.C., Mead, J.G., Potter, C.W., Yamada, T.K., Thompson, L. and Jupiter, D. 2012. A newly recognized beaked whale (Ziphiidae) in the tropical indo-pacific: Mesoplodon hotaula or M. ginkgodens hotaula. Report to the International Whaling Commission, Scientific Committee No. SC/64/SM3.
Oremus, M., Leqata, J., Hurutarau, J., Taei, S., Donoghue, M., Thompson, K., Baker, C.S. 2012. Population status of Tursiops aduncus in the Solomon Islands and assessment of live-capture sustainability. Report to the Solomon Islands Government.
Thompson, K.F. 2012. Maui’s and Mining: A review of Marine Mining Activity on the West Coast of New Zealand and its Potential Impacts. A report prepared for the Department of Conservation Auckland Area Office under contract.
Constantine, R., Garrigue, C., Steel, D., Jackson, J, Burns, D., Clapham, P., Hauser, N., Matilla, D., Oremus, M., Poole, M., Robbins, J., Thompson, K. and Baker, C.S. 2012. Abundance of humpback whales in Oceania based on fluke photo-identification and DNA profiling. Marine Ecology Progress Series 453: 249-261.
Thompson, K., Donoghue, M., Bell, L. 2010. Ocean Voices – Lessons from the Whales for the CBD: Humpback whales in Oceania. Report to the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme for the Convention on Biodiversity, Nagoya, Japan 2010.
Constantine, R., Garrigue, C., Steel, D., Jackson, J, Burns, D., Clapham, P., Hauser, N., Matilla, D., Oremus, M., Poole, M., Robbins, J., Thompson, K. and Baker, C.S. 2010. Abundance of humpback whales in Oceania based on fluke photo-identification and DNA profiling. Report to the International Whaling Commission, Scientific Committee. SC/62/SH18.
Thompson, K.F. 2009. Marine Mammals of Northland: Update to Education Manual. Report to the Department of Conservation, New Zealand. Document No. DOCM-50449.
Thompson, K.F., O’Callaghan, T.M., Dalebout, M., Baker, C.S. 2002. Population Ecology of Bryde’s Whales (Balaenoptera edeni sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand: preliminary observations. Report to the International Whaling Commission, Scientific Committee. SC/54/015.
Young, K. & Freitas, L. 1999. First sighting of Sowerby’s beaked whale off the Island of Madeira? Poster Presentation for the European Cetacean Society Conference, Valencia 1999.
Gordon, J., Moscrop, A., Carlson, C., Ingram, S., Leaper, R., Mathews, J. and Young, K. 1998. Distribution, movements and residency of sperm whales off the Commonwealth of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean: implications for the development and regulation of the local whalewatching industry. Report to the International Whaling Commission 48: 551-557.
Young, K. 1998. Seal watching in the UK and Northern Ireland. Report published by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD, UK. ISBN 1 – 901002-03-9.
Young, K. 1998. Seal watching in the UK and Northern Ireland. Poster Presentation at the Biennial Conference on Marine Mammal Biology, Monaco, 1998
Young, K. 1995. Ecology of sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, in the Caribbean. Field Report to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.