Marine Mammals Biology and Conservation
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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.
Copyright year: 2001
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
|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|