Researcher biography

Lara received her Bachelor of Marine Science and Management from Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, in 2014. She then went on to commence an Honours project with Southern Cross University in 2016. Her researched focused on the social systems and habitat use of the Australian Humpback dolphins in Moreton Bay and received first class.

After finishing her degree, Lara gained more experience as a research assistant with Dolphin Research Australia in Byron and Moreton Bay and the Capricorn Cetacean Project in northern Queensland. While with Dolphin Research Australia she assisted with field surveys and data recording as well as the organisation and teaching of volunteer groups. This project continued the work she had helped to start with her honours looking at the populations of bottlenose and humpback dolphins in Moreton Bay. With the Capricorn Cetaceans Project, Lara enjoyed looking at a different population of delphinids. This time the populations of bottlenose, humpback and snubfin dolphins were off the Capricorn Coast. Here she assisted with biopsies, field surveys and data entry and assistance, enjoying the new experiences and slightly different focus this research had.

Through this work Lara found a love of the ecology and sociology of delphinids and was also introduced to the world of acoustics. This lead to her accepting a PhD position with the CEAL Lab. She will be looking at individual discrimination between singing humpback whales, hoping to understand the male’s song better and provide a clue as to the information it contains.

Selected Publications

Pogson-Manning, L. (2015). Social Systems and core areas of use of Australia humpback dolphins (Sousa sahulensis) within Moreton Bay, Australia. Honours Thesis, Southern Cross University. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16851.37924


Conference Presentations

Pogson-Manning, L., Hawkins, E., Harrison, P. (2015). Core Areas of Use and Social Systems of Sousa sahulensis in Moreton Bay, Australia. 21st Biennial Conference of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, 13th-19th December 2015.