Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program
Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, 1997
Amy Knowlton is a Senior Scientist who has worked on the Right Whale Research Program since 1983. She has been involved in all aspects of the program, including fieldwork, curation of the photo-identification catalog, assessment of human impacts, and policy efforts to protect right whales.
Amy’s main focus has been the detailed documentation of human impacts on right whales, including fishing-gear entanglement and vessel strikes. By evaluating these data in-depth and linking these findings with the operational aspects of the fishing and shipping industries, she has been able to share these findings with industry groups and guide policy changes in order to improve the protection of right whales from these activities.
Knowlton, A.R., Robbins, J., Landry, S., McKenna, H.A., Kraus, S.D. and Werner, T.B. (2016), Effects of fishing rope strength on the severity of large whale entanglements. Conservation Biology, 30: 318–328. doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12590
Knowlton A.R., Hamilton P.K., Marx M.K., Pettis H.M., Kraus S.D. (2012) Monitoring North Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis entanglement rates: a 30 yr retrospective. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 466:293-302. doi.org/10.3354/meps09923
Laist D.W., Knowlton A.R., Pendleton D. (2014) Effectiveness of mandatory vessel speed limits for protecting North Atlantic right whales. Endang Species Res 23:133-147. doi.org/10.3354/esr00586
Rolland R.M., Schick R.S., Pettis H.M., Knowlton A.R., Hamilton P.K., Clark J.S., Kraus S.D. (2016) Health of North Atlantic right whales Eubalaena glacialis over three decades: from individual health to demographic and population health trends. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 542:265-282. doi.org/10.3354/meps11547