[MARMAM] SMM Special Symposium on Comparative Ecology and Behaviour (28 Nov '07)

Leszek Karczmarski leszekkarczmarski at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 21:23:57 PST 2007

Dear All,
Please take a note of the upcoming Special Symposium on Comparative
Ecology and Behaviour, associated with the 17th Biennial Marine Mammal
Conference.  The symposium will take place on Wednesday, 28 November,
at the T. H. Barry Lecture Theatre at the Iziko South African Museum,
25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.  There is going to be a modest
registration fee (for details see:
http://www.smmconference2007.org/special_symposium.php ) collectable
at the door during registration (from 8:00 till 8:45).  This fee
includes tea/coffee breaks.  You can also join us for lunch, which
would require an additional R70 (US$10) per person, collectable at the
time of registration.  As we have still some space available, if you
are interested in participating you are welcome to do so; in which
case you need to respond no later than 22 November providing the
      Full Name:
      Institution Affiliation:
      Workshop:  Marine Mammal Research and Conservation in Africa
      Lunch:  No / Yes (your dietary preference)
Your electronic RSVP should be directed to both of the following two addresses:
karczmal at tamug.edu
leszekkarczmarski at gmail.com

Please make sure that on the day of the symposium you have the exact
amount for registration/lunch, as we might not have change available
(and there will not be credit card facility).

See below the symposium agenda:

Special Symposium:  Comparative Ecology and Behaviour
Date: 28 November 2007
Venue: Iziko South African Museum

Organized by:
Leszek Karczmarski (University of Pretoria, South Africa & Texas A&M
University, USA)

Hosted by:
University of Pretoria and Iziko South African Museum


  8:00 – 8:45   Tea/Coffee & Registration

  8:50   Welcome and Introduction

  9:00   Opening Talk:  Social Ecology of Sympatric Populations of
Gorillas and Chimpanzees: Frugivory with Different Social Structures
Juichi Yamagiwa, Kyoto University, Japan

  9:30   Buddies and Bullies: The Role of Harassment in Structuring
Mammalian Society; With an Overview of Ungulate Social Systems
Elissa Z. Cameron, University of Pretoria, South Africa

  9:50   Comparative Feeding Ecology of Dugongs and Manatees
Helene Marsh, James Cook University, Australia

10:10   The Need for Testing Underlying Hypotheses Before Applying
Them in a Comparative Context; An Example Using the Evolution of
Social Organizations in Carnivora
Fredrik Dalerum, University of Pretoria, South Africa

10:30   The Great White Shark: Behavioural Complexity of the Beast
Leonard J.V. Compagno, South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

10:50   Delphinid Socioecology: A Comparative Perspective
Leszek Karczmarski et al., University of Pretoria, South Africa and
Texas A&M University, USA

11:10 – 11:30   Tea/Coffee/Muffin Break

11:30   Why is the Study of Animal Personality Important?
Stan A. Kuczaj II & Lauren E. Highfill, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

11:45   Multiple Ecological Niches and Foraging Specialists: Variation
Among Sympatric Populations of Killer Whales
Robin W. Baird, Cascadia Research Collective, USA

12:00   Comparative Dolphin Sympatric Ecology in Tropical Habitats:
Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica and
Venezuela's Central Coast
Lenin Oviedo et al.,, Biotrópica, Venezuela and Universidad Nacional,
Costa Rica

12:15   A Comparative Approach to Interpreting the Humpback Whale
Breeding System
Salvatore Cerchio, Wildlife Conservation Society & American Museum of
Natural History, USA

12:30   The Implications of Rampant Consumerism by A Large Grey (Gray)
Mammal: Not an Elephant
David A. Duffus et al., University of Victoria, Canada

12:45   Changes in the Foraging Behaviour of Albatross, Sea Lions and
Elephant Seals in Response to Changing Conditions in the North Pacific
Daniel P. Costa et al., University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

13:00   Sympatric Chinstrap Penguins and Antarctic Fur Seals:  Can
Life-History Theory Predict Variation in Foraging Effort and
Reproductive Performance?
John K. Jansen et al., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

13:15   MHC Loci in Polar Mammals:  Potential Maladaptive Consequences
for a Warming Globe?
Diana S. Weber et al., American Museum of Natural History, USA

13:30 – 14:30   Lunch Break

14:30   Odontoceti Social Structure and Life History Parameters:
Interspecific Comparison
Masao Amano, Teikyo University of Science & Technology, Japan

14:45   Social Convergence Between Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.)
and Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Focus on Female Reproductive
Heidi C. Pearson, Texas A&M University, USA

15:00   Comparison of Dolphin and Bat Sonar: Do Physical and
Ecological Constraints Make Them Different?
Tomonari Akamatsu,Fisheries Research Agency, Japan

15:15   Evolution of Sounds in Toothed Whales: An Ecological Perspective
Tadamichi Morisaka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

15:30   Physio-Mechanics of a Diving Pinniped: A Comparison of
Stroking Patterns
Yoko Mitani et al., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

15:45   Coordinated Foraging by Dusky Dolphins: A Comparison with Fish
that Forage in Groups
Robin L. Vaughn et al., Texas A&M University, USA

16:00   Ecological Risk to Cetaceans from Anthropogenic Ocean Sound:
Characterization Analysis Using a Professional Judgment Approach to
Amanda Truett, Montgomery College, USA

Open Discussion

Symposium closure time: approximately 17:00

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