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About the Timeline

An Interactive Timeline of Spinner Dolphin Science and Management in Hawaii

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.

The timeline arose from part of Heather Heenehan’s Master Project for the Master of Environmental Management degre

e at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment (which can be read here 10161/3609). Heenehan was advised by Dr. David Johnston and Dr. Zackary Johnson. This project is was part of a larger endeavor spearheaded by Duke University and Murdoch University – the SAPPHIRE Project – that is studying spinner dolphins and human interactions in Hawaii.

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

The initial entries were populated into the timeline by students as part of an assignment in Duke’s Marine Mammals: Biology, Ecology and Conservation class during Summer Session II in 2012. After these initial entries, the timeline was published for the general public, and new users can register and load events into the timeline. All entries will be moderated before they are posted to the site.

We hope that you will find the timeline to be interesting and informative and give you a sense of the social and scientific 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 and scientific construction of these dolphins.

We hope that you will think about contributing to our timeline. The process is simple, just create an account, submit your entry. If you have any questions about the timeline or would like more information please contact Heather Heenehan (

The creation of the timeline was supported through grants for the SAPPHIRE project from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office, the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and Dolphin Quest.

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