[MARMAM] : VERTEBRAL COLUMN MALFORMATIONS IN WHITE-BEAKED DOLPHINS: FIRST CALL FOR COLLABORATION

chiara bertulli ciarabertulli at yahoo.it
Wed Mar 27 09:10:04 PDT 2013


VERTEBRAL COLUMN MALFORMATIONS IN WHITE-BEAKED DOLPHINS: FIRST CALL FOR
COLLABORATION

Few detailed reports of vertebral column
malformations in white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus
albirostris) have been published. 


Data and photographs of white-beaked dolphins were collecting off Iceland
on board whale-watching boats (Elding Hvalaskoðun Reykjavik ehf, in Reykjavik; North
Sailing Whale-watching in Húsavík; Dolphin and Whale Spotting in Keflavík) over a 10-year period (2002-2012) during the course of Master and PhD
projects. Six cases of kyphosis in wild white-beaked dolphins were documented.

We are seeking collaborations with researchers outside of Iceland, who have
data on wild and dead L. albirostris specimen showing vertebral column malformations. The goal of this collaboration
is to report the occurrence of spinal deformities in a delphinid species which
has been poorly studied. 


Collaborating scientists currently include Marianne H. Rasmussen
(University of Iceland), Anders Galatius (University of Aarhus) and Carl C.
Kinze (Danish Marine Mammal Society). 


Proposed deliverables will include publication in peer review journals. The
funding agency along with all the collaboration organizations will be
acknowledged in all scientific publications and scientific and public
presentations of the research. 


This is an initial call so if you have interest in participating in this
collaborative effort, please contact us by emailing Chiara G. Bertulli (ciarabertulli at yahoo.it). 


Best wishes

Chiara G. Bertulli

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Chiara G. Bertulli, PhD student
University of Iceland
Biology Department
Náttúrfræðahús/Askja
Sturlugata 7
101 Reykjavik
Iceland
Skype: chiara.giulia.bertulli
Website: www.faxa-cetacean.org
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