SFSU | Buckingham/McDowell/Oberndorf/Peoples
Rebekah Lane studies the risk of ship strike to humpback whales in San Francisco Bay. Since 2016, humpbacks have been observed more frequently east of Point Bonita and even east of the Golden Gate Bridge. With this shift in habitat, humpback whales now spend more time in a highly urbanized area – which, in turn, increases the risk of anthropogenic impacts to the species. For Rebekah’s project, she will be using whale sightings data from The Marine Mammal Center and open-source vessel data to model the risk of ship strike to these whale populations. She plans to use the results of this research to help inform and prioritize management and mitigation strategies in the Bay Area.