[MARMAM] Ocean Sciences top predator session

Mark Baumgartner mbaumgartner at whoi.edu
Wed Aug 2 13:39:56 PDT 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting <http://osm.agu.org/2018/> will take place 11-16 February 2018 in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is an important venue for scientific exchange across broad marine science disciplines, with sessions on all aspects of oceanography.  We would like to call your attention to a session <https://agu.confex.com/agu/os18/preliminaryview.cgi/Session27549> we will be chairing entitled “Advances in approaches to monitoring the occurrence, distribution, behavior, and ecology of top predators” (IS001). This session has been convened at the Ocean Sciences meetings since 2010, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for researchers studying a variety of taxa (including marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and fish) to meet, exchange ideas, and explore commonalities in research methods, scientific questions, and conservation efforts.  Please consider submitting an abstract <https://agu.confex.com/agu/os18/is/papers/index.cgi?sessionid=27549> and attending the meeting.  Abstracts are due by 6 September 2017.  More information on the session is below.

Mark Baumgartner, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, mbaumgartner at whoi.edu <mailto:mbaumgartner at whoi.edu>
Daniel Palacios, Oregon State University, daniel.palacios at oregonstate.edu <mailto:daniel.palacios at oregonstate.edu>


Topic:  Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
Title:  IS001. Advances in approaches to monitoring the occurrence, distribution, behavior, and ecology of top predators
Session ID:  27549

Session Description:
Unlike most marine organisms, top predators can be monitored in the field as individuals, providing unique insight into behavioral strategies that influence the status and dynamics of populations.  Tremendous technological and methodological progress has been made in marine animal detection, tagging, and tracking in the past decade, and this session seeks to gather researchers to share new insights into both top predator ecology and physiology gleaned from these state-of-the-art approaches.  We encourage researchers working with autonomous platforms, passive acoustics, bio-logging, satellite telemetry, remote monitoring technologies, and other advanced methods to participate and present their latest results.


Some of the many marine mammal talks given at the Ocean Science top predator session in recent years:

Benoit-Bird, K.J.; Moline, M.A.; Southall, B.  The way to a whale’s habitat is through his stomach: a deep-diving, squid-hunting AUV provides insights into teuthivorous whale behavior

Zitterbart, D.P.; Richter, S.Kindermann, L.Boebel, O.  Automatic detection and identification of whales using thermal and visual imaging for cetacean censuses and marine mammal mitigation

Pelland, N., J. Sterling, A. Springer, S. Iverson, D. Johnson, M.-A. Lea, N.A Bond, R. Ream, C. Lee and C. Eriksen.  Satellite tagging, remote sensing, and autonomous vehicles reveal interactions between physiology and environment in a North Pacific top marine predator species (northern fur seal)

Misarti, N., L. Horstmann, C.T. Clark, P. Charapata, L. Olson, T.L. Fulton and A.M. Jensen.  It’s in their bones: 2000 years of pacific walrus adaptability and resilience.

Parks, S.E.; Cusano, D.Stimpert, A.K.; Weinrich, M.Wiley, D.  Ready, set, go: Evidence for acoustic coordination of bottom feeding by humpback whales using archival acoustic tag technology

Labrousse, Sara, J-B. Sallee, A.D. Fraser, R.A. Massom, P. Reid, M. Sumner, C. Guinet, R. Harcourt, F. Bailleul, M. Hindell and J-B. Charrassin.  Exploration of the relationships between sea ice patterns and foraging movements of a marine predator (elephant seal) in East Antarctica.

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