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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  • Clicks of dwarf sperm whales (Kogia sima) 

    Merkens, Karlina; Mann, David; Janik, Vincent M.; Claridge, Diane; Hill, Marie; Oleson, Erin (2018-10-24) - Journal article
    The two species of the genus Kogia are widely distributed throughout the world's temperate and tropical oceans, but because they are small and highly cryptic, they are difficult to monitor. The acoustic signals of K. ...
  • Long-term sound and movement recording tags to study natural behavior and reaction to ship noise of seals 

    Mikkelsen, Lonnie; Johnson, Mark; Wisniewska, Danuta Maria; van Neer, Abbo; Siebert, Ursula; Madsen, Peter Teglberg; Teilmann, Jonas (2019-02-06) - Journal article
    1.  The impact of anthropogenic noise on marine fauna is of increasing conservation concern with vessel noise being one of the major contributors. Animals that rely on shallow coastal habitats may be especially vulnerable ...
  • Future directions in Eubalaena spp. : comparative research to inform conservation 

    Harcourt, Rob; van der Hoop, Julie; Kraus, Scott; Carroll, Emma L. (2019-01-30) - Journal article
    All three extant right whales [Eubalaena australis (Southern; SRW), glacialis (North Atlantic; NARW), and japonica (North Pacific; NPRW)] were heavily exploited, and the status of the two northern hemisphere species remains ...
  • Sensitivity of multispecies maximum sustainable yields to trends in the top (marine mammals) and bottom (primary production) compartments of the southern North Sea food-web 

    Stäbler, Moritz; Kempf, Alexander; Smout, Sophie; Temming, Axel (2019-01-28) - Journal article
    In marine ecosystems, maximum sustainable yield considerations are affected by any substantial changes that occur in the top and bottom compartments of the food-web. This study explores how the southern North Sea’s fisheries ...
  • Future directions in research on beaked whales 

    Hooker, Sascha K.; De Soto, Natacha Aguilar; Baird, Robin W.; Carroll, Emma L.; Claridge, Diane; Feyrer, Laura; Miller, Patrick J. O.; Onoufriou, Aubrie; Schorr, Greg; Siegal, Eilidh; Whitehead, Hal (2019-01-25) - Journal article
    Until the 1990s, beaked whales were one of the least understood groups of large mammals. Information on northern bottlenose whales (Hyperoodon ampullatus) and Baird’s beaked whales (Berardius bairdii) was available from ...

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