[MARMAM] Paper: The effects of low salinity exposure on bottlenose dolphins

Cormac Booth cgb at smruconsulting.com
Mon Feb 15 00:19:21 PST 2021

We are proud to announce the publication of a new paper: “An Expert Elicitation of the Effects of Low Salinity Water Exposure on Bottlenose Dolphins”. The paper is open access and freely available here: https://www.mdpi.com/2673-1924/2/1/11

Abstract: “There is increasing concern over anthropogenically driven changes in our oceans and seas, from a variety of stressors. Such stressors include the increased risk of storms and precipitation, offshore industries and increased coastal development which can affect the marine environment. For some coastal cetacean species, there is an increased exposure to low salinity waters which have been linked with a range of adverse health effects in bottlenose dolphins. Knowledge gaps persist regarding how different time–salinity exposures affect the health and survival of animals. In such data-poor instances, expert elicitation can be used to convert an expert’s qualitative knowledge into subjective probability distributions. The management implications of this stressor and the subjective nature of expert elicitation requires transparency; we have addressed this here, utilizing the Sheffield Elicitation Framework. The results are a series of time response scenarios to estimate time to death in bottlenose dolphins, for use when data are insufficient to estimate probabilistic summaries. This study improves our understanding of how low salinity exposure effects dolphins, guiding priorities for future research, while its outputs can be used to support coastal management on a global scale.”
Keywords: freshwater<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=freshwater>; cetacean<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=cetacean>; Tursiops sp.<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=Tursiops%20sp.>; wildlife management<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=wildlife%20management>; marine biology<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=marine%20biology>; salinity<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=salinity>; human disturbance<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=human%20disturbance>; dose response<https://www.mdpi.com/search?q=dose%20response>

The paper is open access and available here: https://www.mdpi.com/2673-1924/2/1/11 or here: https://doi.org/10.3390/oceans2010011

The citation is: Booth, C.; Thomas, L. An Expert Elicitation of the Effects of Low Salinity Water Exposure on Bottlenose Dolphins. Oceans 2021, 1, 179–192. https://doi.org/10.3390/oceans2010011

Kind regards,
Cormac Booth & Len Thomas
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