The Sea Mammal Research Unit carries out fundamental, cutting-edge research on marine mammals in many different subject areas. This research is carried out worldwide with a core objective of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in populations. With ever increasing pressure on the world's oceans and it resources, marine mammals are consequently often impacted by man's marine activities. One of our main aims is to therefore determine the nature, magnitude and significance of these expanding interactions.

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  • Using self-organizing maps to classify humpback whale song units and quantify their similarity 

    Allen, Jenny A.; Murray, Anita; Noad, Michael J.; Dunlop, Rebecca A.; Garland, Ellen Clare (2017-10-10) - Journal article
    Classification of vocal signals can be undertaken using a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques. Using east Australian humpback whale song from 2002-2014, a subset of vocal signals were acoustically ...
  • Species differences in egocentric navigation : the effect of burrowing ecology on a spatial cognitive trait in mice 

    Bruck, Jason N.; Allen, Noah A.; Brass, Kelsey E.; Horn, Brian A.; Campbell, Polly (2017-05) - Journal article
    Efficient navigation is a critical component of fitness for most animals. While most species use a combination of allocentric (external) and egocentric (internal) cues to navigate through their environment, subterranean ...
  • Using agent-based models to understand the role of individuals in the song evolution of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) 

    Mcloughlin, Michael; Lamoni, Luca; Garland, Ellen C.; Ingram, Simon; Kirke, Alexis; Noad, Michael J.; Rendell, Luke; Miranda, Eduardo (2018) - Journal article
    Male humpback whales produce hierarchically structured songs, primarily during the breeding season. These songs gradually change over the course of the breeding season, and are generally population specific. However, ...
  • Comparing methods suitable for monitoring marine mammals in low visibility conditions during seismic surveys 

    Verfuss, Ursula K.; Gillespie, Douglas; Gordon, Jonathan; Marques, Tiago A.; Miller, Brianne; Plunkett, Rachael; Theriault, James A.; Tollit, Dominic J.; Zitterbart, Daniel P.; Hubert, Philippe; Thomas, Len (2018-01) - Journal item
    Loud sound emitted during offshore industrial activities can impact marine mammals. Regulations typically prescribe marine mammal monitoring before and/or during these activities to implement mitigation measures that ...
  • Assessing cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean Sea : a gap analysis in environmental space 

    Mannocci, Laura; Roberts, Jason J.; Halpin, Patrick N.; Authier, Matthieu; Boisseau, Oliver; Bradai, Mohamed Nejmeddine; Cañadas, Ana; Chicote, Carla; David, Léa; Di-Méglio, Nathalie; Fortuna, Caterina M.; Frantzis, Alexandros; Gazo, Manel; Genov, Tilen; Hammond, Philip S.; Holcer, Draško; Kaschner, Kristin; Kerem, Dani; Lauriano, Giancarlo; Lewis, Tim; Notarbartolo di Sciara, Giuseppe; Panigada, Simone; Raga, Juan Antonio; Scheinin, Aviad; Ridoux, Vincent; Vella, Adriana; Vella, Joseph (2018-02-15) - Journal article
    Heterogeneous data collection in the marine environment has led to large gaps in our knowledge of marine species distributions. To fill these gaps, models calibrated on existing data may be used to predict species distributions ...

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