We recently launched a piece of my Master’s Project as an interactive timeline at www.spinnerdolphin.net/Timeline. This interactive web-based timeline of scientific, historical, cultural and management events is a public resource to help educate people about spinner dolphins in Hawaii.

As I mentioned this came out of my Master’s Project which can be read here:  http://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10161/3609/HHeenehan_FromNorristoNow.pdf?sequence=1

This is very exciting for me to see a piece of my project out in the world and doing something. It is also exciting because I had the help of a great group of students this summer. The initial entries were populated into the timeline by the students as part of an assignment in a summer Marine Mammals class offered at the Duke Marine Lab. After these initial entries and some additions by myself and Dr. David Johnston, the timeline was published for the general public and new users can register and load events into the timeline. As of today we have had over 2,400 views of the site and new users are starting to populate the site with new entries.

I hope that you will find the timeline to be interesting and informative and give you a sense of the social construction of spinner dolphins in Hawaii. This was a well-studied population from the 1970’s to the 1990’s (by Ken Norris and his colleagues) and the timeline looks at spinner science and management issues from the time that Captain Cook arrived to today. Currently the timeline includes events primarily occurring in the United States and mainly in Hawaii but we welcome any and all international events that relate to spinner dolphins or any events nationally or internationally that have had a hand in the social construction of these dolphins.

If you are interested in contributing to the timeline just create a login and then follow the instructions here.

If you have any questions about the timeline or would like more information please feel free to email me (hlh18@duke.edu).

The timeline is created with the Curator theme for WordPress developed by Molitor. It can be purchased here