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Gill Braulik
Locations:
Pakistan and UK
Roles:
  • Researcher
[General description section]
I have spent more than ten years conducting research and conservation of river and marine cetaceans in Asia. At present, I am working with the Ministry of Environment and WWF in Pakistan on the biology and conservation of the endangered Indus River dolphin and its habitat. I am also involved in marine mammal research and conservation in Iran and the NE Indian Ocean and with river dolphin conservation on the Brahmaputra River, India. I was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on conservation of the Yangtze River dolphin in China and am a longstanding member of the IUCN-Cetacean Specialist Group.
Organisation
University of St. Andrews and Pakistan Wetlands Programme
Position within organisation
Research Fellow
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Relevant species

The local name ’bhulan‘ is said to refer to the noise this dolphin makes when it breathes.

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Research interests
Research and conservation of river dolphins and marine cetaceans in Asia
Relevant publications
Smith, B.D. and Braulik, G.T. 2007. Susu and Bhulan Platanista gangetica gangetica and P.g.minor. In: W.F. Perrin, B. Wursig and J.G.M. Thewissen (Editors), Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. 2nd Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 1208-1213. In review.

Braulik, G.T., Ranjbar, S. Owfi, F., Aminrad, T., Dakhteh, S.M.H., Kamrani, E., Mohsenizadeh, F. 2006. Marine Mammal Records from Iranian Waters of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Unpublished Report. 36pp.

Braulik, G.T. 2006. Comprehensive status assessment of the Indus River dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor). Biological Conservation 129(4): 579-590.

Smith, B.D., Braulik, G., Strinberg, S., Ahmad, B. and Mansur, R. 2006. Abundance estimation of Ganges River dolphins (Platanista gangetica gangetica) and Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) using independent concurrent counts in waterways of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. Marine Mammal Science 22(2):1-21.

Braulik, G.T., Reeves, R.R., Ellis, S., Wang, D., Wells, R.S. and Dudgeon, D. 2005. Report of the Workshop on Conservation of the baiji and Yangtze Finless porpoise in China. 28 Nov-2 Dec 2004, Wuhan, China. Available for download at: Report of the Workshop on Conservation of the baiji and Yangtze Finless porpoise in China

Braulik, G.T., Smith, B.D. and Chaudhry, A.A. 2004. South Asian River dolphin, Platanista gangetica: Indus River subspecies, Platanista gangetica minor. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org

Smith, B.D. and Braulik, G.T. 2004. South Asian River dolphin, Platanista gangetica: Ganges River subspecies, Platanista gangetica gangetica. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org

Smith, B.D. and Braulik, G.T. 2004. South Asian River dolphin, Platanista gangetica. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.www.iucnredlist.org

Smith, B.D., Braulik, G.T., Jefferson, T.A., Bui Dinh Chung, Chu Tien Vinh, Doan Van Du, Bach Van Hanh, Pham Dinh Trong and Dao Tan Ho. 2002. Notes on two cetacean surveys in the Gulf of Tonkin. Raffles Museum Bulletin of Zoology 51 (1): 155-171.

Jefferson, T. A. and Braulik, G.T. 1999. Preliminary reports on the finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) in Hong Kong waters. IBI Reports: 9: 1-7.
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4th Nov 11
Earlier this week Bangladesh announced that three areas in the southern Sundarbans mangrove forest will be declared sanctuaries to protect Ganges river dolph...  Read