Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques

Paperback | October 2, 2010

EditorIan L. Boyd, W. Don Bowen, Sara J. Iverson

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Marine mammals command a high level of public attention, reflected in specific legislation for their protection and management in many countries. They also present particular challenges to ecologists and conservation biologists. They are mostly difficult to observe, they occupy an environmentthat is vast in its three dimensional extent, there are often perceived conflicts between marine mammals and people, and furthermore several species are now close to extinction. Marine mammals have some intriguing features in their biology - the ability to dive to crushing depths, to perform breath-hold dives that defy our current understanding of mammalian physiology, and many have an ability to hunt down prey using sophisticated sonar that we are only just beginning tounderstand. Many species also have complex social structures. We still have much to learn about these extraordinary animals so a comprehensive and authoritative overview of current methodology is now timely. The intention of this book is both to summarize the state-of-the-art and to encourageinnovation and further progress in this research field.

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Marine mammals command a high level of public attention, reflected in specific legislation for their protection and management in many countries. They also present particular challenges to ecologists and conservation biologists. They are mostly difficult to observe, they occupy an environmentthat is vast in its three dimensional extent...

Professor Ian Boyd is the Director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has worked for over two decades on marine mammals, mainly the Antarctic fur seal but has recently changed focus to study beaked whales in the tropics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has received severa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:499 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:October 2, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199216576

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Preface1. Nick Gales, David Johnston, Charles Littnan, and Ian L. Boyd: Ethics in Marine Mammal Science2. Tom Loughlin, Louise Cunningham, Nick Gales, Randall Wells, and Ian Boyd: Marking and Capturing3. Philip S. Hammond: Estimating the Abundance of Marine Mammals4. Jason Matthiopoulos and Geert Aarts: The Spatial Analysis of Marine Mammal Abundance5. W. Don Bowen and Simon Northridge: Morphometrics, Age Estimation, and Growth6. Jason Baker, Andrew Westgate, and Tomo Eguchi: Vital Rates and Population Dynamics7. Ailsa J. Hall, Frances M.D. Gulland, John A. Hammond, and Lori H. Schwacke: 4 Epidemiology, Disease, and Health Assessment8. Sara J. Iverson, Carol E. Sparling, Terrie Williams, Shelley L. C. Lang, and W. Don Bowen: Measurement of Individual and Population Energetics of Marine Mammals9. D.J. Tollit, G.J. Pierce, K.A. Hobson, W.D. Bowen, and S.J. Iverson: Diet10. Bernie McConnell, Mike Fedak, Sascha Hooker, and Toby Patterson: Telemetry11. Mark A. Hindell, Dan Crocker, Yoshihisa Mori, and Peter Tyack: Foraging Behaviour12. Hal Whitehead and Sofie Van Parijs: Studying Marine Mammal Social Systems13. W.D. Bowen, J.D. Baker, I.L. Boyd, J.A. Estes, J.K.B. Ford, S.D Kraus, S.D., D. Siniff, I. Stirling, and R. Wells: Long-term Studies14. Barbara L. Taylor, Karen Martien, and Phillip Morin: Identifying Units to Conserve using Genetic Data15. John Harwood: Approaches to Management16. Andrew J. Read: Conservation BiologyReferencesIndex