Alison Craig

Alison Craig

Dr Alison Craig

Lecturer

Biography

I am a behavioural ecologist who specialises in marine mammals. Prior to working as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University I spent many years based at the University of Hawai'i, working with Prof. Lou Herman. While there I gained both my Masters Degree and my PhD in humpback whale behaviour and ecology. In addition to conducting extensive field research into humpback whale behaviour and biology with the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory, I contributed to the undergraduate teaching programmes at the University of Hawai'i.

Here at Edinburgh Napier University I teach students on several degree courses including Animal & Conservation Biology, Marine & Freshwater Biology, Environmental Biology, and Animal Biology. I am the module leader for Animal Behaviour and Advances in Animal Behaviour and teach on a variety of other modules including Practical Biology 3 (leading the Statistics Skills element), Marine Biology, Life of Mammals, Advances in Aquatic Sciences and Dissertation & Statistics in addition to supervising both Hons and MSc student research projects. I serve on the School of Applied Sciences Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee and the School of Applied Sciences Quality Committee.

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Habitat preferences by individual humpback whale mothers in the Hawaiian breeding grounds vary with the age and size of their calves

Journal Article
Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Craig, A. S., Spitz, S. S., Waterman, J. O., Herman, E. Y., …Lowe, C. (2017)
Habitat preferences by individual humpback whale mothers in the Hawaiian breeding grounds vary with the age and size of their calves. Animal Behaviour, 133, 131-144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.09.012
We investigated whether calf age and calf size influence habitat choice by humpback whale motherecalf pairs in their breeding grounds. During 1997e2008, we conducted focal fol...

An unexpected journey: Diurnal movement into deeper waters by humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf pairs observed off Northwest Maui, Hawai’i

Presentation / Conference
Pack, A., Craig, A., & Waterman, J. (2017, October)
An unexpected journey: Diurnal movement into deeper waters by humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf pairs observed off Northwest Maui, Hawai’i. Poster presented at 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
Recent studies of humpback whale habitat use in the Hawaiian breeding grounds have revealed that mother-calf pairs favor shallow waters to avoid harassment from male humpbacks...

Use of shallow water habitats by maternal female humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the breeding grounds decreases as length of residency and calf size increase.

Presentation / Conference
Waterman, J. O., Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Craig, A. S., Spitz, S. S., Herman, E. Y. K., …Lowe, C. (2015, December)
Use of shallow water habitats by maternal female humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the breeding grounds decreases as length of residency and calf size increase. Poster presented at 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Francisco, USA

Habitat segregation by female humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: avoidance of males?

Journal Article
Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., Pack, A. A., & Waterman, J. (2014)
Habitat segregation by female humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: avoidance of males?. Behaviour, 151(5), 613-631. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539x-00003151
Humpback whales congregate annually in low-latitude winter breeding and calving grounds. While on these grounds, females with a dependent calf (‘maternal females’) are sometim...

Size-assortative pairing and discrimination of potential mates by humpback whales in the Hawaiian breeding grounds

Journal Article
Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Spitz, S. S., Craig, A. S., Hakala, S., Deakos, M. H., …Lowe, C. (2012)
Size-assortative pairing and discrimination of potential mates by humpback whales in the Hawaiian breeding grounds. Animal Behaviour, 84(4), 983-993. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.07.024
Assortative pairing, and its relation to mate choice, has rarely been documented in mammals. Using data collected from 1998-2007, we investigated size-assortative pairing as i...

Resightings of humpback whales in Hawaiian waters over spans of 10-32 years: Site fidelity, sex ratios, calving rates, female demographics, and the dynamics of social and behavioral roles of individuals

Journal Article
Herman, L. M., Pack, A. A., Rose, K., Craig, A., Herman, E. Y. K., Hakala, S., & Milette, A. (2011)
Resightings of humpback whales in Hawaiian waters over spans of 10-32 years: Site fidelity, sex ratios, calving rates, female demographics, and the dynamics of social and behavioral roles of individuals. Marine Mammal Science, 27(4), 736-768. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00441.x
From a database of approximately 5,000 Hawaiian humpback whales identified photographically between 1976 and 2010, we extracted 71 males and 39 females having resighting spans...

Migratory timing of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the central North Pacific varies with age, sex and reproductive status.

Journal Article
Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., Gabriele, C. M., & Pack, A. A. (2002)
Migratory timing of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the central North Pacific varies with age, sex and reproductive status. Behaviour, 140, (981-1000). doi:10.1163/156853903322589605. ISSN 0005-7959
Humpback whales migrate seasonally between high-latitude summer feeding grounds and low-latitude winter breeding grounds. Identification photographs of humpback whales were co...

Male mate choice and male-male competition coexist in the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Journal Article
Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M. & Pack, A. A. (2002)
Male mate choice and male-male competition coexist in the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 80, 745-755. doi:10.1139/z02-050. ISSN 0008-4301
Male humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) outnumber females on the winter grounds and compete physically for proximity to females. Analyses of identification photographs c...

Penis extrusions by humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the Hawaiian winter grounds.

Journal Article
Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Craig, A. S., Spitz, S. S. & Deakos, M. H. (2001)
Penis extrusions by humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the Hawaiian winter grounds. Aquatic mammals. 28, 131-146. ISSN 0167-5427
The annual winter assembly of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in tropical waters has been linked to reproductive activities, including birthing, calf-rearing, and mat...

Estimating the mortality rate of humpback whale calves in the central North Pacific ocean.

Journal Article
Gabriele, C. M., Straley, J. M., Mizroch, S. A., Baker, C. S., Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., …Jacobsen, J. K. (2000)
Estimating the mortality rate of humpback whale calves in the central North Pacific ocean. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 79, 589-600. doi:10.1139/cjz-79-4-589. ISSN 0008-4301
Sighting histories of individually identified female humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in their winter and summer ranges were used to investigate mortality of North Pac...

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