The MAR-ECO project in general and the marine mammal part in particular received a lot of attention on a big conference on Biology of Marine Mammals. Four scientists and one student represented MAR-ECO on this conference, which was held recently in San Diego.
- The 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals is organized by the Society of Marine Mammmalogy and gathers practically everything and everybody within marine mammal science worldwide, tells Leif Nøttestad. Close to 2000 participants attended this large conference, including around 500 students.
Master student Lise Doksæter from the University of Bergen, Norway in front of her poster entitled: What are dolphins doing in the open ocean? Distribution and ecology of dolphins alond the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Iceland and the Azores. She managed to distribute 300 handouts from this poster within 5 days and received a lot of new contacts during the conference. (photo: Leif Nøttestad).
The marine mammals and seabird subgroup (PN3) participated with the scientists Leif Nøttestad (Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway), Henrik Skov (DHI Water & Environment, Hørsholm, Denmark), Gisli Vikingson (Marine Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland), Gordon Waring (Northeast Fisheries Science Centre, Woods Hole, USA) and MS-student Lise Doksæter (University of Bergen, Norway).
The group was represented by one oral presentation and four posters:
- Small-scale variability of cetaceans associated with oceanographic features along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
(Henrik Skov, Thorvaldur Gunlaugsson, John Horne, Leif Nøttestad, Erik Olsen, Henrik Søiland, Gisli Vikingson and Gordon Waring)
- Marine mammal hot spots in the open ocean: Why do we find aggregations of large baleen and toothed whales along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Iceland and the Azores?
(Leif Nøttestad, Erik Olsen, Henrik Skov, Tone Falkenhaug, Henrik Søiland, Asthor Gislason, John Horne, Carstione Anderson, Uwe Piatkowski, Gordon Waring and Gisli Vikingson)
- Distribution and density estimates of cetaceans along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge during summer 2004
(Gordon Waring, Leif Nøttestad, Erik Olsen and Henrik Skov)
- Intelligent migration of a sei whale from the Azores to the Labrador Sea in April to June 2005
(Erik Olsen, Leif Nøttestad, Lars Kleivane, Paul Budgell, Rui Prieto, Monica Silva and Nils Øien)
- What are dolphins doing in the open ocean? Distribution and ecology of dolphins alond the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Iceland and the Azores
(Lise Doksæter, Erik Olsen and Leif Nøttestad)
The MAR-ECO project in general and the marine mammal part in particular received a lot of attention on this large meeting.
- We managed to distribute approximately 850 handouts from the successful poster sessions and the spoken presentation provided a good introduction to and focus on the interdisciplinary aspects of the MAR-ECO project. Leading scientific institutions worldwide showed great interest in our combined scientific methodology, results and ecological approach, tells Leif Nøttestad. - This conference provided an excellent opportunity to create new contacts from all over the world, get updated on the latest advances in marine mammal research and modern technology and meet old friends and colleagues.
~ the marine mammals and seabird subgroup
~ tagged whales