Personnel: Giles



Deborah A. Giles

Position: Graduate Student Researcher

Campus Address:
Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology
1354 Academic Surge Building
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (916) 531-1516

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Present: University of California, Davis – Doctoral student, Geography Graduate Group

2007: University of California, Davis - M.A. Geography

2004: University of California, Davis - B.A. Philosophy

2000: Sacramento City College - A.A. Hons. Social Science 

Research Interests:

My academic specializations include animal biogeography, conservation biology, and habitat conservation. My dissertation research examines killer whale behavioral change in response to oceanographic indices such as bathymetry, tides and currents as well as human variables such as vessel quantity, distance and speed. My field research experience includes the use of non-invasive data collection techniques for wildlife research including the use of mobile remote sensing technology to record geospatial data, acoustic recording tags to measure received noise levels by whales, and scat detection dogs.


Giles, D.A., and Kari Koski. (in prep). From Voluntary Guidelines to Regulations: the Evolution of Adaptive Management Practices for Vessel-based Whale Watching in the Trans-Boundary Waters of British Columbia and Washington State. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 15(1) 2012 (pending)

Giles, Deborah A., Rose Cendak, and Kari Koski. 2010. Measuring vessel compliance with Washington State boating laws and regional "Be Whale Wise Boating Guidelines" in the presence of Southern Resident Killer Whales (2007-2009). NMFS Contract Report No. AB133F07SE3026

Giles, Deborah A. and Rose Cendak. 2009. An Assessment of Vessel Effects on the Spatial Structure of Southern Resident Killer Whale groups, and Measuring Vessel Compliance with Boating Guidelines. NMFS Contract Report No. AB133F07SE3026

Bunting, J.E., D.A. Giles, et al. 2011. A Primer of Conservation Behavior. Book Review Animal Behaviour, Volume 81, Issue 1, pages 353-355

Invited Lecturer / Participant:

2011   Salish Sea Conference, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. Science and Management of Killer Whales: Using non-invasive remote sensing equipment and GIS to assess potential effects of vessels on Southern Resident Killer Whales.

2011   Society of Marine Mammalogy, Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Assessing potential effects of vessels on the activity state of Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

2011   Invited participant, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales - Disturbance Technical Workshop. 2010 Graduate Seminar in Geography Seminar - Geography Matters. The Biogeography of Killer Whales in the Salish Sea, and the Novel Research Techniques Being Used to Recover the Endangered Species.

2009   Introduction to Conservation Biology, UC Davis - Topics in Marine Conservation using killer whales as indicator species for ecosystem health.

2009   Southern Resident Killer Whale Transboundary Naturalists Workshop - 1)Assessing Changes in Killer Whale Group Cohesion and Activity State as Variables Such as Bathymetry, Time of Day, Currents, Tides, Season, and Number, Distance and Activity of Vessels Change. 2) Bioenergetic Impacts of Vessel Presence in Southern Resident Killer Whales Presented for Dr. Dawn Noren.

2009, 2011   Habitat Conservation and Restoration, UC Davis - Habitat use and partitioning by sympatric killer whale sub-species in Washington State.

2008   The Whale Museum: Lecture Series - Behavior of Southern Resident Killer Whales in the presence of vessels in the Salish Sea.

2008-2011   Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, UC Davis - Habitat and Niche: using Southern Resident killer whales to examine how these may change with seasons as animals migrate.

2008-2011   Conservation Biology, UC Davis - Assessing Potential Impacts of vessels on Southern Resident Killer Whales: Implication for future regulatory guidelines.

2007   The Whale Museum: Lecture Series - Biogeographic study of Southern Resident Killer Whale Behavior throughout their summer range in the Salish Sea.

2007   Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting - San Francisco. Student Paper Presentation - 2006 pilot study for dissertation research.

2007   Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium. Presentation - pilot study hypothesis and methods.

2007   Graduate Seminar in Geography - Wildlife Conservation, Law and Policy Seminar. Impacts of vessels on Southern Resident Killer Whales: Implication for future regulatory guidelines.

2007-2011   Animals in Society - Population Health and Reproduction/School of Vet Med. Impacts of vessels on Southern Resident Killer Whales: Implication for future regulatory guidelines.

2007   Conservation Biology, UC Davis. Geographical evaluation of interactions between boats and killer whale: assessing potential impacts.

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