Daniela currently has several roles collaborate with a variety of organizations in several geographical areas.
As a Senior Post Doctoral Researcher in MaREI’s Marine Ecology Group, based in University College Cork, she is involved in the long-term monitoring of marine mammals and other large vertebrate in Broadhaven Bay, County Mayo, Ireland. The Broadhaven Marine Mammal Monitoring Program has been unique in Irish waters because of its longevity and consistency, providing a data-rich time series for presence/absence patterns of marine mammals and other large vertebrates in Broadhaven Bay waters, coupled with a better understanding of the potential risks to these species as a result of construction activities associated with the Shell Corrib underwater gas pipeline. The project uses cliff-based surveys using a surveyor’s theodolite and VADAR software to plot occurrence and movements of marine mammals and vesseld in Broadhaven Bay and couples cliff-watches with underwater Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) using CPODS. In addition, the program involves education, public outreach and the rescue of stranded marine mammals around the Mullet Peninsula. Recently, Daniela has begun exploring the environmental characteristics which accompany species sightings and tracks in the Broadhaven area using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Observation (EO) data, working with researchers in MaREI’s EO & GIS Applications team.
As Chief Scientist for Okeanis, a California non-profic organization Daniela follows two longitudinal research projects, one on California Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and one on sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis).
California bottlenose dolphins have a population of approximately 500 individuals and range from the Mexican border all the way to San Francisico. IDaniela has been conducting surveys in Monterey Bay, and other areas of the California coast since 1990. The focus of the research is to understand the social structure on bottlenose dolphins in such a small but wide ranging population and being able to monitor the health, reproductive output and association patterns of specific individuals and their health over time using a range of scientific tools in the field and in the lab.
Further information on Daniela’s portfolio can be found at: http://okeanismaldini.wix.com/daniela-maldini