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Marine Mammals Biology and Conservation

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ISBN-10: 0306465736

ISBN-13: 9780306465734

Edition: 2001

Authors: Peter G. H. Evans, Juan Antonio Raga

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The field of marine mammal science has made enormous strides in the last ten years as well as attracting a large amount of interest, due no doubt to the public appeal of whales, dolphins, and seals, which are never out of media attention. The purpose of this book is to review key topics through chapters on the major disciplines from invited authorities around the world. Subjects covered include evolution and genetics, life histories, ecology, physiology, behaviour, medicine (diseases, parasitology), survey methodology, and all the main conservation issues (pollution, fisheries interactions, and sound disturbance). The book has an ecological and conservation emphasis since these are subject areas calling for the most attention in the modern world, but other areas such as evolution, physiology, and medicine are also given in-depth treatment. The book is written at the level of the undergraduate or above, although its style should appeal to anyone with a serious interest in marine mammal science.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 630
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Introduction: Life History & Ecology
Life history strategies of marine mammals
How persistent are marine mammal habitats in an ocean of variability?
Ecological aspects of reproduction of marine mammals
Sensory Systems and Behaviour
Sound and cetaceans
Behavioural ecology of cetaceans
New perspectives on the behavioural ecology of pinnipeds
Survey and Study Techniques
Assessment of marine mammal population size and status
Acoustic techniques for studying cetaceans
Applications of molecular data in cetacean taxonomy and population genetics with special emphasis on defining species boundaries in cetaceans
Health, Parasites and Pathogens
Marine mammal health: Holding the balance in an ever-changing sea
Living together: The parasites of marine mammals
Marine mammal mass mortalities
Conservation & Management
Interactions between aquatic mammals and humans in the context of ecosystem management
Environmentalists, fishermen, cetaceans and fish: Is there a balance and can science help to find it?
Organohalogenated contaminants in marine mammals
Cetaceans and humans: influences of noise
Global climate change and marine mammals
Systematic List of Marine Mammals
Index