Name and involvement with the Port River Dolphins?
Nikki Zanardo – Volunteer for the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group and a member of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group Steering Committee.
Where do you come from?
For how long have you been working with the ADS?
I have been watching dolphins within the Port River my whole life, but only began volunteering with the ADS early 2013.
Your job and hobbies?
I have always been quite fond of nature and at a young age I developed a strong passion for marine mammals. I believe that this can be attributed to growing up in Adelaide, with the Port River dolphins in such close reach. It is this passion that lead me to study marine biology at Flinders University, where I began to focus my attention on the conservational aspect of research.
Fortunately, I was able to undertake an Honours project with the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL), at Flinders University, South Australia investigating the social-genetic structure of short-beaked common dolphins in South Australia. This project provided information on the sex and relatedness of individuals, and was used to determine the presence of kinship within groups.
Currently, my passion for marine mammals is being heartened through my PhD research on bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Adelaide metropolitan coast. This PhD will aim to provide information regarding their conservational management and provide information on their abundance, residency, habitat usage and socio-genetic structure. With over 340 individuals now identified throughout my study area, this work is proving to be quite a rewarding experience!
That crazy/special/weird thing you did?
I started a PhD….