Charismatic marine mega-fauna: some recent discoveries and future challenges

Hays,GC 2014, Charismatic marine mega-fauna: some recent discoveries and future challenges, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, vol. 450, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.10.015.

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Title Charismatic marine mega-fauna: some recent discoveries and future challenges
Author(s) Hays,GCORCID iD for Hays,GC
Journal name Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology
Volume number 450
Start page 1
End page 5
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 0022-0981
Keyword(s) Albatross
Animal tracking
Argos tracking
Fatty acid analysis
Levy flight
Summary  The last 20 years have been exciting times for scientists working with charismatic marine mega-fauna. Here recent advances are reviewed. There have been advances in both data gathering and data-analysis techniques that have allowed new insights into the physiological and behavioural ecology of free-ranging mega-faunal species; some marine mega-faunal species have now become model organisms for cutting edge approaches to identify the underlying mathematical properties of animal search patterns and hence the underlying behavioural processes (e.g. Levy flight versus Brownian motion); the implications of climate change have started to become more apparent with extended time-series of animal movements, abundance and performance; conservation issues have become integrated into marine planning and have resulted in the advent of extended networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) as well as large MPAs that span many 100,000 km2; and collaborative crossdisciplinary teams have started to reveal the importance of ocean currents in animal dispersal, the ontogeny of migration and population genetic structure. Looking to the future, increased data availability (e.g. through data sharing) will likely allow more holistic across-taxa analyses to become routine.
© 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.10.015
Field of Research 060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 960808 Marine Flora
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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