Kylie’s current research focuses on the foraging behaviour and migratory ecology of baleen whales. After completing her PhD on the feeding behaviour of humpback whales through CEAL, Kylie moved to Alaska to work in Dr Russ Andrews Biotelemetry Laboratory, in the Research Department of the Alaska SeaLife Center. As a part of this, she has been involved with a number of projects using biotelemetry data to study the diving behaviour, migratory routes, and foraging ecology of cetacean species. In May 2016, Kylie joined Murdoch University as an Adjunct Lecturer where she will be working with members of the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit towards developing a project that aims to determine how baleen whales find prey, and how climate change may influence the ability of baleen whales to meet their annual energy budgets. This collaborative project also includes Dr Daniel Zitterbart from the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research in Germany, and Prof. Joseph Warren from Stony Brook University in the USA. The fieldwork component for the project is scheduled to be completed on the Antarctic Peninsula in early 2018.


Selected Publications


  1. Owen K, Jenner M, Jenner C, Andrews R (In review) A week in the life of a pygmy blue whale: swimming efficiently increases the risk of ship strike. Animal Biotelemetry.
  2. Owen K, Kavanagh AS, Warren JD, Noad MJ, Donnelly D, Goldizen AW, Dunlop RA (2016) Potential energy gain by whales outside of the Antarctic: prey preferences and consumption rates of migrating humpback whales. Polar Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00300-016-1951-9
  3. Owen K, Dunlop RA, Monty JP, Chung D, Noad MJ, Donnelly D, Goldizen AW, Mackenzie T (2016)Detecting surface-feeding behavior by rorqual whales in accelerometer data. Marine Mammal Science 32(1): 327-348.
  4. Kavanagh AS, Owen K, Williamson MJ, Blomberg SP, Noad MJ, Goldizen AW, Kniest H, Cato DH, Dunlop RA (In Press) Evidence for the functions of surface-active behaviours in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Marine Mammal Science.
  5. O’Brien K, Martín López LM, Owen K, Aoki K, Bivins M, Miller P, Narazaki T (In Press) Entanglements of Sowerby’s beaked whales on the Scotian Shelf. Canadian Naturalist.

  6. Owen K, Warren JD, Noad MJ, Donnelly D, Goldizen AW, Dunlop RA (2015) Effect of prey type on the fine-scale feeding behaviour of migrating east Australian humpback whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series 541: 231-244.
  7. Miller BS, Barlow J, Calderan S, Collins K, Leaper R, Olson P, Ensor P, Kelly N, Peel D, Donnelly D, Andrews-Goff V, Olavarria C, Owen K, Rekdahl M, Schmidt N, Wadley V, Gedamke J, Gales N, Double MC (2015) Validating the reliability of passive acoustic localisation: a novel method for encountering rare and remote Antarctic blue whales. Endangered Species Research 26: 257-269.

    Prior to 2014
  8. Owen K, Donnelly D (2014) The most southerly worldwide sightings of pygmy killer whales (Feresa attenuata). Marine Biological Records 7: e46.
  9. Double MC, Barlow J, Miller BS, Olson P, Andrews-Goff V, Leaper R, Ensor P, Kelly N, Wadley V, Lindsay M, Peel D, Calderan S, Collins K, Davidson M, Deacon C, Donnelly D, Olavarria C, Owen K, Rekdahl M, Schmitt N, Gales N (2013) Cruise report of the 2013 Antarctic blue whales voyage of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership. Report to the International Whaling Commission. Report Number SC/65a/SH21
  10. Owen K, Donnelly D, Dunlop R (2012) Seaweed Interactions by Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae): a Form of Object Play? Aquatic Mammals 38(4): 418-422.
  11. Owen K, Charlton-Robb K, Thompson R (2011) Resolving the Trophic Relations of Cryptic Species: An Example Using Stable Isotope Analysis of Dolphin Teeth. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16457.
  12. Charlton-Robb K, Gershwin L, Thompson R, Austin J, Owen K, McKechnie S (2011) A new species of dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin Tursiops australis sp. nov., endemic to southern Australian coastal waters. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24047.