Scientific Community

Several disciplines of science are important within the field of oiled wildlife response and planning. Although not exhaustive, this list includes:

Veterinary science, which deals with:

  • Evaluation and improvement of rehabilitation methodology and technology 
  • Humane euthanasia 
  • Animal welfare issues

Biology, which deals with:

  • Collection and analysis of data on population size, seasonal distribution and species vulnerability 
  • Development of vulnerability maps 
  • Impact assessments - designing and coordinating beached animal surveys, data collection, necropsy and analysis, reporting and publication
  • Post-release survival studies

Conservation science, which deals with:

  • Provision of data on species and habitat conservation issues in planning and response.