ester quintana

Ester Quintana, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Social Behavior, Bioacoustics, and Conservation

T: 617-226-2195
equintana@neaq.org

 

Education

Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, 2016
M.S., Zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Florida, 1999
Licenciatura, Biology, Department of Biology, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 1993

About

Ester Quintana, Ph.D., is the lead scientist of the marine mammal surveys conducted in the offshore waters of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, MA. The research examines the density and abundance of large whales (right, humpback, finback, and minke) in an area proposed for offshore wind energy development. The research also involves oceanographic sampling (conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) to assess prey species and oceanographic conditions around right whale aggregations.

In addition to this work, Quintana is interested in marine mammal social behavior and bioacoustics. She has studied bottlenose dolphin social structure, associations, resighting patterns, and social communication. In Guatemala, she studies the habitat use, social behavior, and long-distance movements of humpback whales. Quintana has developed and contributed in the preparation of management plans for manatees. This includes working for the United Nations Environmental Program in the development of the management plan for the West Indian manatee in the Caribbean region.

  1. Select Publications

    Quintana-Rizzo, E., L. García, R. López, S. Tobar and A. López. 2017. First record of a Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) in Guatemala. Marine Biodiversity Records 10:24. doi.org/10.1186/s41200-017-0126-x

    Quintana-Rizzo, E. and R.S. Wells. 2016. Behavior of a non-related female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) towards the calf of her associate. Aquatic Mammals 42:198-202. doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.2.2016.198

    Quintana-Rizzo, E., J. Torres, S.W. Ross, I. Romero, K. Watson, E. Goodard, and D. Hollander. 2015. Changes in d13C and d15N in deep-living fishes and shrimps after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 94:241-50. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.02.002

    Quintana-Rizzo, E. 2014. Illegal harpooning and incidental entanglement of wild dolphins in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 9:179-182. doi.org/10.5597/lajam00187

    Castelblanco-Martínez, D.M., C. Nourisson, E. Quintana-Rizzo, J.A. Padilla-Saldivar, and J.J. Schmitter-Soto. 2012. Potential effects of human pressure and habitat fragmentation on population viability of the Antillean manatee Trichechus manatus manatus: A predictive model. Endangered Species 18:129-145. doi.org/10.3354/esr00439

    Simard, P., Lace, N., S. Gowans, E. Quintana-Rizzo, S. Kuczaj II, R. Wells, and D. Mann 2011. Low frequency narrow-band calls in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): signal properties, function and conservation implications. Journal of the Acoustic Society of America 130:3068–3076. doi.org/10.1121/1.3641442

    Quintana-Rizzo, E. and J.R. Reynolds III. 2010. Management plan for the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus). United Nations Environmental Program. fws.gov/caribbean/PDF/ManateeManagementPlan.pdf

    Quintana-Rizzo, E., D.A. Mann, and R.S. Wells. 2006. Estimated acoustic communication range of social sounds used by bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of the Acoustic Society of America 120:1671-1683. doi.org/10.1121/1.2226559

    Fripp, D., C. Owen, E. Quintana-Rizzo, A. Shapiro, K. Buckstaff, R.S. Wells, and P. Tyack. 2004. Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calves appear to model their signature whistle on the signature whistles of community members. Animal Cognition 8:17-26. doi.org/10.1007/s10071-004-0225-z

    Quintana-Rizzo, E. and R.S. Wells. 2001. Resighting and association patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Cedar Keys, Florida: insights into social organization.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 79:447-456. doi.org/10.1139/z00-223

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  3. Awards

    Best Graduate Student Paper. 13th. International Reunion for the Study of Marine Mammals. Mexican Society of Marine Mammalogy 1998

    Fulbright /LASPAU Scholarship 1995-1997

     

  4. Affiliations