Marine Mammal Science

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Edited By: Daryl J. Boness

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 26/151 (Zoology); 30/100 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1748-7692

Virtual Issue: "Methods"

Virtual Issue on “Methods”

Edited by Daryl J. Boness

Like all fields of science, marine mammal science is dependent upon new and improved methods and techniques to advance our knowledge base. Indeed, the remote and inaccessible marine life of these species has led to an even greater challenge for those scientists studying them than for scientists studying terrestrial mammals. Over the past several decades our field (along with other fields for some methods and techniques) has seen major advances in our understanding of the biology and ecology of many species because of new or improved methods and techniques. Among some of those new and improved methods and techniques include radio and satellite telemetry, data loggers (e.g., time depth recorders and audio tags), imaging devices (e.g., video or single shot cameras attached to animals), DNA techniques, and photo-identification methods. Marine Mammal Science has published many papers with a focus on improving methods over the years.

The following collection of papers has been pulled together to highlight some that have been published in the past decade or so. There have been many to choose from so these represent only a fraction of them. The selected papers tend towards ones that have a broader applicability than to a single species or taxonomic group. They also tend towards papers that review or test multiple related methods. However, the papers still range in their breadth of applicability. Hopefully this collection will not only highlight the importance of such efforts to keeping our studies moving forward and expanding our knowledge base for marine mammals but will also provide a useful resource, especially for our young scientists, who are in the early stages of their studies.

Estimates of sperm whale abundance in the northeastern temperate Pacific from a combined acoustic and visual survey
Jay Barlow and Barbara L. Taylor
Volume 21, Issue 3, July 2005, pp. 429-445

Studying trophic ecology in marine ecosystems using fatty acids: A primer on analysis and interpretation
Suzanne M. Budge, Sara J. Iverson and Heather N. Koopman
Volume 22, Issue 4, October 2006, pp. 759-801

Mulitsite mark-recapture for cetaceans: Population estimates with Bayesian model averaging
J. W. Durban, D. A. Elston, D. K. Ellifrit, E. Dickson, P. S. Hammond, P. M. Hammond
Volume 21, Issue 1, January 2005, pp. 80-92

Two approaches to compressing and interpreting time-depth information as collected by time-depth recorders and satellite-linked data recorders
Michael a. Fedak, Phil Lovell and Susanna M. Grant
Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2001, pp. 94-110

Balancing bias and precision in capture-recapture estimates of abundance
Nancy A. Friday, Tim D. Smith, peter T. Stevick, Judy Allen, and Tom Fernald
Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2008, pp. 253-275

Fast, safe, field-portable gas anesthesia for otariids
Nicholas J. Gales and Robert H. Mattlin
Volume 14, Issue 2, April 1998, pp. 355-361

Determination of steroid hormones in whale blow: It is possible
C. J. Hogg, T. L. Rogers, A. Shorter, K. Barton, P. J. O. Miller, D. Nowacek
Volume 25, Issue 3, July 2009, pp. 605-618

Can near infrared spectroscopy be used to improve assessment of marine mammal diets via fecal analysis?
Hitomi Kaneko and Ivan Robert Lawler
Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2006, pp. 261-275

The effects of interpolation error and location quality on animal track reconstruction
Mike Lonergan, Mike Fedak and Bernie McConnell
Volume 25, Issue 2, April 2009, pp. 275-282

Comparison of two histological techniques for age determination in small cetaceans
Patricia Lastra Luque, Jennifer A. Learmonth, M. Begoña Santos, elena Ieno, and Graham J. Pierce
Volume 25, Issue 4, October 2009, pp. 902-919

Behavioral sampling methods for cetaceans: A review and critique
Janet Mann
Volume 15, Issue 1, January 1999, pp. 102-122

Using stable isotope biogeochemistry to study marine mammal ecology
Seth D. Newsome, Mark T. Clementz and Paul L. Koch
Volume 26, Issue 3, July 2010, pp. 509-572

Review of cetacean biopsy techniques: Factors contributing to successful sample collection and physiological and behavioral impacts
Dawn P. Noren and Julie A. Mocklin

The importance of considering prediction variance in analyses using photogrammetric mass estimate
Kelly M. Proffitt, Robert A. Garrott, Jay J. Rotella, and Jeff Banfield
Volume 23, Issue 1, January 2007, pp. 65-76

A mobile acoustic localization system for the study of free-ranging dolphins during focal follows
Nicola J. Quick, Luke E. Rendell, Vincent M. Janik
Volume 24, Issue 4, October 2008, pp. 979-989

A simple laser photogrammetry technique for measuring Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) in the field
Trudi Webster, Steve Dawson and Elisabeth Slooten
Volume 26, Issue 2, April 2010, pp. 296-308

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