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dc.contributor.authorCartagena-Matos, Bárbara
dc.contributor.authorLugué, Klervi
dc.contributor.authorFonseca, Paulo
dc.contributor.authorMarques, Tiago A.
dc.contributor.authorPrieto, Rui
dc.contributor.authorAlves, Filipe
dc.identifier.citationCartagena-Matos , B , Lugué , K , Fonseca , P , Marques , T A , Prieto , R & Alves , F 2021 , ' Trends in cetacean research in the Eastern North Atlantic ' , Mammal Review , vol. 51 , no. 3 , pp. 436-453 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 272949710
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 107facad-a41d-49f2-a495-5a069dd9763c
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:90458C001460902715933595901F826D
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85100906974
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000618867400001
dc.descriptionWe acknowledge funds provided by the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) through strategic projects UID/MAR/04292/2019, UIDB/00329/2020, and UIDB/05634/2020. TAM received partial support through the project UIDB/00006/2020. RP is supported by an FCT grant (SFRH/BPD/108007/2015). BCM is supported by FCT through grant PD/BD/140845/2018. FA received financial support from projects M1420‐09‐5369‐FSE‐000001 and M1420‐01‐0145‐FEDER‐000001‐OOM.en
dc.description.abstract1. Cetaceans are considered ecosystem engineers and useful bioindicators of the health of marine environments. The Eastern North Atlantic is an area of great geographical and oceanographic complexity that favours ecosystem richness and, consequently, cetacean occurrence. Although this occurrence has led to relevant scientific research on this taxon, information on the composition of this research has not been assessed. 2. We aimed to describe and quantify the evolution of research on cetaceans in the Eastern North Atlantic, highlighting the main focal areas and trends. 3. We considered 380 peer-reviewed publications between 1900 and 2018. For each paper, we collected publication year, research topics and regions, and species studied. We assessed differences among regions with distinct socio-economic landscapes, and between coastal and oceanic habitats. To evaluate the changes in scientific production over time, we fitted a General Additive Model to the time series of numbers of papers. 4. Although research in this region has been increasing, the results show relatively little research output in North African and coastal regions within the study area. Moreover, except for four studies, research was restricted to a few miles around the coast of the main islands, leaving offshore regions less well surveyed. There was little research on genetics, acoustics, and behaviour. Most papers were focused on the Azores and Canary Islands, and mostly involved Tursiops truncatus, Delphinus delphis, and Physeter macrocephalus. Species considered Endangered or Near Threatened were the subjects of only 10% of the studies. 5. We suggest a greater research focus on beaked whales (Ziphiidae) in Macaronesia, as well as collaborative efforts between research teams in the region, by sharing data sets, and aiming to produce long-term research. Moreover, a Delphi method approach, based on questionnaires answered by experts, could be attempted to identify priority research for cetaceans in these areas.
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dc.subjectEastern North Atlanticen
dc.subjectNorthwest Africaen
dc.subjectPortuguese Exclusive Economic Zoneen
dc.subjectScientific productionen
dc.subjectSystematic reviewen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleTrends in cetacean research in the Eastern North Atlanticen
dc.typeJournal itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Mathematics and Statisticsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
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