As an MSc student with the ACS lab, Eva’s research combined marine mammal population ecology and sociobiology, to explore the social structure of Northern Resident Killer Whales. Specifically, she examined the phenomenon of matriline splitting (the fragmenting of natal family groups), how it relates to group fitness, demographics, resource abundance and competition for Chinook Salmon, and the potential implications on a population and evolutionary level. Her work was co-supervised by Dr. Chris Darimont and Dr. John Ford. Eva gratefully acknowledges the help and support she was provided by the NSERC IPS program , the Vancouver Aquarium, and Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO).
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