Dr. Parra is a senior lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences where he leads (together with Dr. L. Moller) the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL). He is also currently part of the Marine Innovations South Australia (MISA) programme through a joint position between Flinders University and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI - Aquatic Sciences) where he acts as the primary cetacean ecologist.
Guido is originally from Colombia where he conducted his BSc in Biology at Universidad de los Andes. He migrated to Australia in 1999 to conduct his PhD at James Cook University studying the behavioural ecology of Australian Snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. After his PhD he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at James Cook University and The University of Queensland investigating different aspects of the ecology, behaviour and population genetics of coastal dolphins.
My teaching interests are in the areas of animal behavior, ecology,and conservation biology
I have broad research interest in population ecology, behavioural ecology and conservation biology. My research seeks to understand the evolution and the mechanism underlying marine mammal ecology, behaviour and evolution and uses concepts and methods from these fields to address pressing conservation issues. I use a variety of methods, including behavioural observations of known individuals, Geographic Information Systems, ecological modelling, social networks, and genetics and use mainly wild dolphin populations as models for my studies. This integrative approach is important and necessary to address the big questions (i.e. Why?), to explain data in the context of the bigger picture and to improve our capacity to effectively conserve and manage wild populations of marine mammals.
: Spatial ecology of Burrunan’s dolphin (Tursiops australis): ecological and anthropogenic influences
; Population size, habitat use and social structure of Australian humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) around the North West Cape, Western Australia.
: Social dynamics and genetic structure of the Burrunan’s dolphin (Tursiops australis)
; Ecology and social structure of the endemic southern Australian bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops australis) in Adelaide’s metropolitan waters
; Ecology of Indo-Pacific Humpback Sousa chinensis and Australian snubfin Orcaella heinsohni dolphins in the Northern Territory, Australia
; Evaluation of different management approaches to reduce bycatch of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and Australian snubfin dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) in Queensland, Australia
: Foraging ecology and population structure of inshore bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops aduncus, in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia
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