I am currently a PhD student working on a joint project, Whales from Space, with the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute, at the University of Cambridge, UK. The aim is to develop a novel and reliable method, using very high resolution satellite imagery, to detect and monitor baleen whales in remote and inaccessible places.
Previous background includes a Bachelor of Science in marine biology at the University of Quebec at Rimouski, Canada, with a semester at Humboldt State University, USA. I then went on to complete a Master of Science in marine environmental management at the University of York, UK. The four succeeding years were primarily occupied with field work in various seas and oceans around the world. This includes three years as a marine mammal observer and passive acoustic monitoring operator, to mitigate for the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine animals.
ECOPOTENTIAL: improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations (H2020 project)
EO4wildlife: protection and conservation of wildlife, platform for wildlife monitoring integrating Copernicus and ARGOS data (H2020 project)
Bamford, C.C.G., Kelly, N., Dalla Rosa, L., Cade, D.E., Fretwell, P. ORCID record for P. Fretwell, Trathan, P.N., Cubaynes, H. ORCID record for H. Cubaynes, Mesquita, A., Gerrish, L., Friedlaender, A.S., Jackson, J.A. ORCID record for J.A. Jackson. (2020) A comparison of baleen whale density estimates derived from overlapping satellite imagery and a shipborne survey. Scientific Reports, 10. 12 pp. 10.1038/s41598-020-69887-y
Cubaynes, Hannah Charlotte ORCID record for Hannah Charlotte Cubaynes. (2020) Whales from space: Assessing the feasibility of using satellite imagery to monitor whales. University of Cambridge, PhD thesis
Cubaynes, Hannah C. ORCID record for Hannah C. Cubaynes, Rees, W. Gareth, Jackson, Jennifer A. ORCID record for Jennifer A. Jackson, Moore, Michael, Sformo, Todd L., McLellan, William A., Niemeyer, Misty E., George, John C., van der Hoop, Julie, Forcada, Jaume ORCID record for Jaume Forcada, Trathan, Phil, Fretwell, Peter T. ORCID record for Peter T. Fretwell. (2020) Spectral reflectance of whale skin above the sea surface: a proposed measurement protocol. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. 13 pp. 10.1002/rse2.155
Cubaynes, Hannah ORCID record for Hannah Cubaynes, Fretwell, Peter ORCID record for Peter Fretwell, Bamford, Connor, Gerrish, Laura, Jackson, Jennifer ORCID record for Jennifer Jackson. (2019) Whales from space: Four mysticete species described using new VHR satellite imagery. Marine Mammal Science, 35. 466-491. 10.1111/mms.12544
Watching whales from space
News 1 November, 2018