Society for Marine Mammalogy 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

From October 22nd-27th 2017 Cascadia Research staff and affiliates will be participating in the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hosted by the Society for Marine Mammalogy every other year in a different location, the conference brings together 1,500+ scientists, industry leaders and policy makers from around the globe for five days of sharing the latest findings and ideas in marine mammal science, as well as to discuss key topics in workshops focused on the latest issues we face in our field.

Below you will find Cascadia's affiliated presentations listed by research area (Hawai‘i/West Coast/Atlantic). Click on primary authors to find abstracts as well as other presentations associated with the author.

Hawai‘i

Longline fishery interactions and resource selection of satellite-tagged pelagic false killer whales in the North Pacific
David Anderson, Cascadia Research Collective
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Amanda Bradford, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
 
Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 7.1
 
 
Bringing the right fishermen to the table: an index of overlap between false killer whales and nearshore fisheries in Hawai‘i, with implications for targeting observer programs and outreach efforts
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
David Anderson, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
 
​Presentation type: Talk
Day: Tuesday 
Time: 08:45 - 08:59 
Location: Rm 200D
 
 
Group dynamics of the endangered insular population of false killer whales in Hawai‘i
Sabre Mahaffy, Cascadia Research Collective
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Antoinette Gorgone, Cascadia Research Collective
Tori Cullins, Wild Dolphin Foundation
Daniel McSweeney, Wild Whale Research Foundation
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
 
​Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 18.4
 
Defining key habitats: an analysis of short-finned pilot whale communities in Hawai‘i using satellite tag data
Elise Walters, Cascadia Research Collective
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
David Anderson, Cascadia Research Collective
Sabre Mahaffy, Cascadia Research Collective
Gregory Schorr, Marine Ecology & Telemetry Research
Russel Andrews, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research
 
​Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Friday 
Time: 13:45 - 13:49 
Location: Rm 301-303
 
 
How to tell them apart? Blackfish species discrimination using fin and body morphometrics obtainable from photos at sea
Shelby Yahn, Cascadia Research Collective 
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Sabre Mahaffy, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
 
​Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 27.5
 
 
Diet of Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) in the North Pacific and a comparison with their diet world-wide
Kristi West, University of Hawaii at Manoa
William Walker, National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Jim Mead
Paul Collins
 
​Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Friday 
Time: 13:40 - 13:44 
Location: Rm 200E 
 
 
Worldwide phylogeography of the rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis) described using mitogenomes and nuclear introns
Renee Albertson, Oregon State University
Alana Alexander, University of Kansas
Karen Martien, NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Marc Oremus, WWF, World Wildlife Fund
Susana J. Caballero-Gaitan
Michael Poole, Marine Mammal Research Program
Robert Brownell
Deborah Duffield, Portland State University
C. Scott Baker, Oregon State university
 
Presentation type: Talk
Day: Wednesday 
Time: 11:15 - 11:29 
Location: Rm 200E
 
 
Abundance estimates for management of endangered false killer whales in the main Hawaiian islands
Amanda Bradford, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Sabre Mahaffy, Cascadia Research Collective
Antoinette Gorgone, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel McSweeney, Wild Whale Research Foundation
Tori Cullins, Wild Dolphin Foundation
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
Alexandre Zerbini, Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
 
​Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Friday
Time: 13:50 - 13:54 
Location: Rm 200C
 
Black sheep of the blackfish family: patterns of population structure in melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra)
Karen Martien, NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Brittany Hancock-Hanser, NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Jeremy Kiszka
Jessica Aschettino, HDR EOC
Marc Oremus, WWF, World Wildlife Fund
Marie HIll, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
 
​Presentation type: Talk
Day: Wednesday 
Time: 11:00 - 11:14 
Location: Rm 200E
 
 
Song of my people: Short-finned pilot whales in Hawai'i use vocal repertoire diversity to maintain social and genetic population structure
Amy Van Cise, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Phillip Morin, SW Fisheries Science Center
Karen Martien, NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Sabre Mahaffy, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
Aran Mooney, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Erin Oleson, NOAA NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Jay Barlow, NOAA/SW Fisheries Science Center
 
​Presentation type: Talk
Day: Wednesday 
Time: 17:15 - 17:29 
Location: Rm 200E
 
 
Seasonal prevalence of cookiecutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis) bites on short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) in Hawai‘i
Natasha Walker-Milne, University of Glasgow
Yannis Papastamatiou, Florida International University
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Sabre Mahaffy, Cascadia Research Collective
 
​Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 23.10

 

West Coast

A high risk intertidal feeding strategy for gray whales examined with new suction-cup attached multi-sensor video tags
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
David Cade, Stanford University
James Fahlbusch, Cascadia Research
Angela Szesciorka, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
Ann Allen, NOAA
Jeremy Goldbogen, Stanford University

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Tuesday 
Time: 09:00 - 09:14 
Location: Rm 200C

 

Testing of two new automated fluke identification algorithms and comparison to non-automated methods for humpback whales
Kiirsten Flynn, Cascadia Research Collective
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Hendrik Weideman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jonathan Crall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Zachary Jablons, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Charles Stewart, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Colin Kingen, Wild Me
Jon Van Oast, Wild Me
Jason Holmberg, Wild Me

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Tuesday 
Time: 15:45 - 15:59 
Location: Rm 200D

 

Medium-duration archival tags provide unique insights into baleen whale behavior
Angela Szesciorka, Cascadia Research Collective/Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
Ana Sirovic, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
Leah Lewis, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
James Fahlbusch, Cascadia Research Collective
Nathan Harrison, Cascadia Research Collective
Brandon Southall, SEA Inc.
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 4.5

 

Google Earth satellite images provide novel method for examining feeding areas of gray whales in Puget Sound, Washington
Nathan Harrison, Cascadia Research Collective
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 3.2

 

Health status of stranded gray whales (Eschrictius robustus) in Washington State using multiple indicators
Coral Pasi, Cascadia Research Collective
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Jessica Huggins, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster 19.1

 

Migratory destinations of humpback whales that feed along the US West Coast: Implications for management under the newly recognized Distinct Population Segments
Gretchen H. Steiger, Cascadia Research Collective
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Paul Wade, NMML/NOAA Fisheries
Katherina Audley, Whales of Guerrero Research Project/Society for Marine Mammalogy
C. Scott Baker, Oregon State University

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 8.6

 

Common dolphins in Washington State waters: An increase in sightings and strandings
Laurie Shuster, Cascadia Research Collective
Jessica Huggins, Cascadia Research Collective
David Anderson, Cascadia Research Collective
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 12.3

 

Intra and inter-species interactions among humpback whales in Monterey Bay: Competition and not just cooperation
James Fahlbusch, Cascadia Research Collective
David Cade, Stanford University
Jeremy Goldbogen, Stanford University
Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz
Alison Stimpert, Moss Landing Marine Labs
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Friday 
Time: 13:30 - 13:34 
Location: Rm 200E

Factors associated with unusually strong responses to mid-frequency active sonar in Cuvier’s beaked whales
Gregory Schorr, Marine Ecology & Telemetry Research
Erin Falcone, Marine Ecology & Telemetry Research
Stephanie Watwood, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Environmental Branch
Stacy DeRuiter, Calvin College
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective
Russel Andrews, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research
Ronald Morrissey, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Elena McCarthy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
David Moretti, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Monday 
Time: 10:45 - 10:59 
Location: Rm 200C

 

Development of robust large whale satellite tags improves tag performance and reduces animal welfare problems
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective
Jooke Robbins, Center for Coastal Studies
Russel Andrews, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marine Ecology and Telemetry Resarch
Virginia Andrews-Gof, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
Mark Baumgartner, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Philip Clapham, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Michael Double, Australian Marine Mammal Centre
Amy Kennedy, Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Andy Leask, Wildlife Computers
Gregory Schorr, Marine Ecology & Telemetry Research
Shawn Wilton, Wildlife Computers

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Wednesday 
Time: 12:15 - 12:29 
Location: Rm 301-303

 

Controlled exposure experiments with full-scale military mid-frequency sonars in four cetacean species
Brandon Southall, SEA Inc.
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Stacy DeRuiter, Calvin College
Ann Allen, NOAA
Elliot Hazen, UC Santa Cruz
Alison Stimpert, Moss Landing Marine Labs
David Cade, Stanford University
Angela Szesciorka, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz
Jeremy Goldbogen, Stanford University
David Moretti, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Glenn Gailey, Cetacean EcoSystem Research

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Monday 
Time: 11:00 - 11:14 
Location: Rm 200C

 

Reproductive endocrine profiles in blue whales from the Eastern North Pacific Ocean
Valentina Melica, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Angela Kameroff-Steeves, UAF/CFOS Fisheries Dept. and Inst. of Marien Science
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Diane Gendron, Centro Interdisciplinario De Ciencias Marinas

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 25.1

 

A new web-based platform for ongoing large-scale photo ID linkage study of North Pacific humpback whales
Ted Cheeseman, Animal.us
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Phillip Clapham, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Fred Shapre, Alaska Whale Foundation
Tory Johnson, Happywhale
Kiirsten Flynn, Cascadia Research Collective
Ken Southerland, Happywhale
Noah Muldavin, Happywhale

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 16.6

 

Marine mammal monitoring in the Southwest Pacific State of Guerrero, Mexico
Andrea Jacqueline Garcia Chavez, Whales of Guerrero Research Project
Terra Hanks, Whales of Guerrero Research Project
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Elana Dobson, Cascadia Research Collective
Katherina Audley, Whales of Guerrero Research Project/Society for Marine Mammalogy

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 12.2

 

Answers or more questions? Using high-throughput sequencing approaches to address the subspecies taxonomy of blue whales
Aimee Lang, NMFS/SWFSC
Brittany Hancock-Hanswer, NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC
Phillip Morin, SWFSC
Frederick Archer, SWFSC
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Juan Pablo Torres-Florez, Universidade Federal de São Carlos
Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society
Robert Brownell, NOAA/SWFSC
Barbara Taylor, NOAA

Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Thursday 
Time: 13:50 - 13:54 
Location: Rm 200E

 

Resighting patterns and behavior of humpback whales sighted in a tropical breeding ground off Guatemala
Ester Quintana, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Thursday 
Time: 14:26 - 14:30 
Location: Rm 200C

 

Living in a whale’s boundary layer: Swimming hydrodynamics of large vertebrates generate a low-drag ecological niche for commensal marine organisms
Jeremy Goldbogen, Stanford University
David Cade, Stanford University
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Alison Stimpert, Moss Landing Marine Labs
Brooke Flammang, New Jersey Inst. of Technology
Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz
Jean Potvin, Saint Louis University

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Thursday 
Time: 16:45 - 16:59 
Location: Rm 200E

 

Turning left to stay right: A unique test of lateralization across the full range of three-dimensional foraging maneuvers in blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus)
Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz
Elliot Hazen, UC Santa Cruz
David Cade, Stanford University
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Brandon Southall, SEA Inc.
Alison Stimpert, Moss Landing Marine Labs
Jeremy Goldbogen, Stanford University

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Friday 
Time: 10:45 - 10:59 
Location: Rm 200C

 

High mortality of blue, humpback and fin whales from vessel collisions on the U.S. West Coast suggests population impacts and insufficient protection
R. Cotton Rockwood, Point Blue Conservation Science
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
Jaime Jahncke, Point Blue Conservation Science

Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Friday 
Time: 14:16 - 14:20 
Location: Rm 200C

 

Go long! Behavioral changes in satellite-tagged Cuvier's beaked whales exposed to two types of military mid-frequency active sonar
Erin Falcone, Marine Ecology & Telemetry Research
Gregory Schorr, Marine Ecology & Telemetry Research
Stephanie Watwood, NUWC Newport Environmental Branch
Stacy DeRuiter, Calvin College
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective
Russel Andrews, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research
Ronald Morrissey, NUWC
David Moretti, NUWC

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Monday 
Time: 11:30 - 11:44 
Location: Rm 200C

The role of oceanographic features for understanding blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) abundance and distribution in Chilean Northern Patagonia
Luis Bedriñana-Romano, Universidad Austral de Chile
Francisco Viddi, Universidad Austral de Chile
Jose Garces-Vargas, Universidad Austral de Chile
Juan Morales, Laboratorio Ecotono, INIBIOMA-CONICET, Univ. Nacional del Comahue
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective
Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete, Universidad Austral de Chile

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Monday 
Time: 12:00 - 12:14 
Location: Rm 200E

 

Modeling population density and distribution to identify priority conservation zones: A case study of Guiana dolphins in southern Brazil
Adriana Miranda, Ecology and Conservation Laboratory/LEC - Federal University of Paraná/UFPR
Camila Domit, Centro de Estudos do Mar/UFPR
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 16.2

 

Spatial models of habitat use and abundance of wintering western South Atlantic humpback whales
Guilherme A. Bortolotto, University of St Andrews
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective
Philip Hammond, University of St Andrews
Len Thomas, University of St Andrews
Daniel Danilewicz, Grupo de Estudos de Mamiferos Aquaticos do RS

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Monday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 14.5

 

An overview of franciscana dolphin distribution and abundance in Brazil: Implications for its conservation and for fishery management
Daniel Danilewicz, Grupo de Estudos de Mamiferos Aquaticos do RS
Frederico Sucunza, Federal University of Juiz de Fora
Emanuel Ferreira, ASSOCIAÇÃO R3 ANIMAL
Pablo Denuncio
Raissa Miranda de Azevedo, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz
Artur Andriolo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande
Eduardo Secchi, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande
Marta Jussara Cremer, Universidade da Região de Joinville
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 5.6

 

Estimating the probability of exposure to dynamic sources of disturbance on large baleen whales
Luis Huckstadt, UC Santa Cruz
Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz
Bruce Mate, OSU Marine Mammal Institute
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective
Amy Kennedy, Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Nick Gales, Australian Antarctic Division
Dan Costa, University of California
Lisa Schwarz, UC Santa Cruz

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 7.4

 

From whaling to whale-watching: Identifying fin whale critical foraging habitats off the Chilean coast
Maritza Sepulveda, Universidade de Valparaiso
Maria José Pérez-Alvarez, Centro de Investigacion Eutropia
Macarena Santos-Carvallo, Universidade de Valparaiso
Guido Pavez, Universidade de Valparaiso
Carlos Olavarria, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas
Rodrigo Moraga
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 13.7

 

Contrasting movement patterns of migratory and non-migratory baleen whale populations
Salvatore Cerchio, New England Aquarium
Laurene Trudelle, Universite Paris-Saclay
Andrew Wilson, Five Oceans Environmental Services & Environment Society of Oman
Alexandre Zerbini, Cascadia Research Collective

Presentation type: Speed talk
Day: Thursday 
Time: 13:55 - 13:59 
Location: Rm 200C

 

 

Atlantic

Diving behavior of Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Jeanne Shearer, Duke University
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
Heather Foley, Duke University
Zach Swaim, Duke University
Joel Bell, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic
Andy Read, Duke University

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Monday 
Time: 16:15 - 16:29 
Location: Rm 301-303

 

A predictive model and field test of interactions between short-finned pilot whales and a pelagic longline fishery
Lesley Thorne, Stony Brook University
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
Julia Stepanuk, Stony Brook University
Andy Read, Duke University

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Tuesday 
Time: 08:30 - 08:44 
Location: Rm 200D

 

Short-finned pilot whales exhibit two modes of foraging behavior along the East Coast of the United States
Heather Foley, Duke University
David Anderson, Cascadia Research Collective
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Zach Swaim, Duke University
Danielle Waples, Duke Marine Lab
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
Joel Bell, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic
Andy Read, University

Presentation type: Talk
Day: Tuesday 
Time: 12:15 - 12:29 
Location: Rm 301-303

 

​Spatial overlap of short-finned pilot whales and pelagic longlines in the Mid-Atlantic Bight of the United States: Towards a spatiotemporal approach to reducing bycatch
Julia Stepanuk, Stony Brook University
Andy Read, Duke University
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective
Daniel Webster, Cascadia Research Collective
Lesley Thorne, Stony Brook University

Presentation type: Poster
Day: Wednesday 
Session Time: 13:30 - 15:00 
Location: Scotiabank Centre - Poster bay 7.2