About

Rachael Griffin (B.Sc. Marine Biology) is a graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Marine Biology Major. She specializes in whale research, bioacoustics, and wildlife photography.  Her experience includes researching Tursiops signature whistles, observing responses of a solitary wild Pesudorca to recognized sounds, revealing new Offshore killer whale calls, determining the vocal repertoire of Luna / L98 / Tsuxiit, monitoring marine mammals in critical habitats, observing vessel effects on killer whale behaviour, and recording received sound levels in critical killer whale habitats. She contributed to the development of the Be Whale Wise Guidelines and co-authored the paper Killer Whales are Capable of Vocal Learning.  She developed an acoustic monitoring project working in partnership with government and conservation organizations.  Rachael has experience managing marine stewardship programs and educating the public on conserving marine species and their habitats.  Rachael has coordinated and trained volunteers in boating safety, at sea recording methods, and monitoring efforts. Rachael has worked for the Vancouver Aquarium as a marine Interpreter and while at the University of British Columbia she worked as a research assistant at the UBC Marine Mammal Hut.  There she assisted with collecting Steller sea lion morphological measurements at VanAqua and scientific data collection.  Rachael has proven research skills through establishing experimental design, collecting and analyzing data using various field equipment including hydrophones and photo-identification techniques, writing scientific proposals and papers, and conducting research seminars.   She is experienced with digital and film photography, darkroom equipment and procedures, using negative and photographic solutions, and scanning high-resolution images.  She is proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere, Dreamweaver Macromedia, and acoustic software.  Rachael is a certified Advanced PADI scuba diver, experienced boat operator (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Certificate), worked as a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary member, and has her Occupational First Aid level II certificate.

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