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  • Cartwright, R., C. Newton, K. West, J. Rice, M. Niemeyer, K. Burek, A. Wilson, A. Wall, J. Remonida-Bennett and A. Tejeda. 2016. Tracking the Development of Muscular Myoglobin Stores in Mysticete Calves. PloS One 11: e0145893-e0145817.

  • Cartwright, Rachel. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to Alaska's Inside Passage. Charmkraft Publishing.

  • Cartwright, R., B. Gillespie, K. LaBonte, A. Venema, T. Mangold, K. Eden and M. Sullivan. 2012. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Habitat Selection in Female-Calf Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Pairs on the Hawaiian Breeding Grounds. PLoS ONE 7: e38004.

  • Rodriquez, Don, A. Chapman and R. Cartwright. 2011. Shorebird Abundance and Distribution on Beaches of Ventura County CA 2007-2010. Technical Report No. MMS Cooperative Agreement No.:MO7AC12460. . BOEMRE OCS Study 2010-24, .

  • Cartwright, R. and M. Sullivan. 2009. Associations with multiple male groups increase the energy expenditure of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female and calf pairs on the breeding grounds. Behaviour 146: 1573-1600.

  • Cartwright, R. and M. Sullivan. 2009. Behavioral ontogeny in humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calves during their residence in Hawaiian waters. Marine Mammal Science: 659-680.

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Educational Background

  • 2001-2005 – Ph.D., Manchester Metropolitan University (Conservation Biology, with emphasis in Behavioral Ecology)

  • 1998-1999 – M.Sc, Manchester Metropolitan University (Conservation Biology)

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  • Management related studies of the behavior and development of humpback whales calves in Hawaiian waters

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Positions & Honors

  • 2009, 2010 – Faculty -Student Research Mentor Award, California State University Channel Islands

  • 2005-present – Member, American Cetacean Society

  • 2001-present – Member, Society of Marine Mammalogy

  • 1998-present – Lead Researcher / Principal Investigator, The Keiki Kohola Project, Lahaina, Hawaii

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Collaborators, Advisors & Advisees

  • Berman, M – Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

  • West, K – Hawaii Pacific University

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