I have broad interests in whale biology, behaviour, ecology, and conservation; and the ways in which genetic analyses can be used to obtain a better understanding of these topics. However, I am particularly interested in how the genetic characteristics of individuals impact their reproductive success, health, and survival; and how these individual-based effects combine to shape overall population patterns and trends. I am also becoming increasingly interested in forensic work and training. I have a keen interest in the use of genetic data in forensic cases, and the ways in which DNA typing is changing forensics as a whole.