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Alicia Schuler-Rinaldi


17101 Point Lena Loop Road
Juneau, AK 99801
University of Florida
B.A. Environmental Science
Current Research Projects
  • My current research project focuses on assessing the costs and benefits of whale watching in Juneau, Alaska, a premier whale watching destination Using a theodolite, a surveyor's instrument, I will observe changes to humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) movements and behaviors according to whale watch vessel presence. This information will be used to identify costs by determining if whale movement and behavioral patterns are affected by whale watch vessel presence. It will also be used to determine how these costs are related to the number, type, and proximity of vessels to whales, and whale group size, group type, and residency. In order to identify benefits, I will measure the educational and conservation value of whale watching by administering surveys to whale watch passengers. These surveys will be used to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, values, intentions, and behaviors before and after whale watching.
  • Alaska SeaGrant
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