Peta Beeman

Peta Beeman

Masters Candidate

Research Summary

Peta is an MSc candidate at Southern Cross University. She has seven years experience in humpback whale photo-identification studies. Peta participated in the development and testing of the Fluke Matcher software.

In 2008 she established the East Coast Whale Watch Catalogue, a citizen science research project for her MSc, which has already collated data on over 800 humpback whales and encouraged strong public engagement in Northern NSW and SE Queensland region.

Peta has trained and supervised interns and undergraduate science students in photo-identification data collection and analysis and the use of Fluke Matcher. She participated in the Southern Ocean Research Partnership in 2010-11, which reported to the Scientific Committee of the IWC. Peta is a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.


Inspiring Australia grant (2012) to assist in the development of the East Coast Whale Watch Catalogue, $42,000.


Constantine R; Steel D; Allen J; Anderson M; Andrews O; Baker CS; Beeman P; Burns D; Charrassin J-B; Childerhouse S; Double M; Ensor P; Franklin T; Franklin W; Gales N; Garrigue C; Gibbs N; Harrison P; Hauser N; Hutsel A; Jenner C; Jenner M-N; Kaufman G; Macie A; Mattila D; Olavarria C; Oosterman A; Paton D; Poole M; Robbins J; Schmitt N; Stevick P; Tagarino A; Thompson K; Ward J. Remote Antarctic feeding ground important for east Australian humpback whales. Marine Biology 161:1087-1093.

Report presented to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission

Constantine, R., Allen, J., Beeman, P., Burns, D., and 23 others. Comprehensive photo-identification matching of Antarctic Area V humpback whales. SC/63/SH16. Presented to the IWC SC June 2011.

Conference Presentations

2013 Australian Marine Science Association 50th Annual Conference. Development of an Eastern Australian Whale Watch Catalogue, poster.