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Dr Emily Palmer
Research Associate
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Project funding:


                                                     Hutton Fund


Emily is a former Massey University Scholar who completed her PhD in 2023. Emily joined CERG in February 2019 to undertake research focused on the reproductive biology of New Zealand common dolphins (Delphinus delphis). Prior to this, Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Massey University in 2018. During 2018-19, she completed a summer research scholarship working on environmental contaminants before attending the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, Spain in 2019, where she presented her undergraduate research on sperm whale strandings (Physeter macrocephalus) in New Zealand. 

PhD Project:

Life history of New Zealand common dolphins (Delphinus delphis)  

Supervisors: Prof Karen Stockin Dr Emma Betty


This project assessed growth and reproduction of New Zealand common dolphins, of which there is a lack of knowledge for this population. At post-mortem, critical parameters of reproductive biology are assessed from stranded and bycaught individuals. Anthropogenic impacts are well documented for the species and life history knowledge is critical for informing conservation management.



                    Graduate Women New Zealand

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