Cetacean Research & Information Resources:

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) - Research Bibliography:

The aim of this Humpback Whale Research Bibliography is to provide a comprehensive alphabetical listing of current research papers and references. If you know of papers that could be added please email details.
General Reference Sites with information about Cetacea

Links to information about individual species of Cetacea

Department of Environment - Australia's research priorities for cetaceans

The Oceania Project's Humpback Whale Research Program
An overview of the research being conducted by The Oceania Project in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
Trish Franklin's Research Focus - Southern Cross University
Trish Franklin's PhD thesis (Click title to download pdf):
The social and ecological significance of Hervey Bay Queensland for eastern Australian humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Trish Franklin - Publications
Wally Franklin's Research Focus - Southern Cross University
Wally Franklin - Publications

Cetacean Research and Scientific Papers:

This section provides a starting point for finding recent research papers and information related to Cetacea.

  • Marine Mammal Science
    publishes significant new findings on marine mammals resulting from original research on their form and function, evolution, systematics, physiology, biochemistry, behavior, population biology, life history, genetics, ecology and conservation.

  • Journal Of Cetacean Research and Management
    is published by The International Whaling Commission. This peer-reviewed Journal has been established to publish papers on those matters of most importance to the conservation and management of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and in particular papers that are relevant to the tasks of the IWC Scientific Committee. These will include papers on:

    * population assessment and trends
    * population dynamics
    * population biology
    * taxonomy
    * risk averse management strategies
    * direct and indirect exploitation
    * environmental changes and threats in the context of cetaceans
    * scientific aspects of whale watching and sanctuaries

    The language of the Journal is English. The aim of the Journal is to publish high quality original papers that advance scientific knowledge significantly and that can contribute to the wise conservation and management of cetacean species.

  • The World Cetacea Database: Editor William F. Perrin
    The Cetacea (whales, dolphins and porpoises) currently include 86 species that inhabit the world's oceans, lakes and rivers. Some are cosmopolitan, occurring in marine waters from pole to pole, while others are restricted by ecology and population status to small ranges of a few thousand square kilometers or less. Some are exclusively marine, others are freshwater, and some are both.

    Taxonomic coverage of the database is limited to the living species, although one of them, the baiji or Yangtze river dolphin is possibly now extinct. Coverage of taxa includes families, genera, subgenera, species and subspecies.

    Cetacea- General Reference Sites:
    • Conservation and values: Global cetacean snapshot - A progress report - June 2008
      Australia's support for whale conservation is well known. Australia's position is based on economics, science and ethics. To ensure that the global debate about the future of whales is informed by the latest information, the Australian Government has commissioned an overview of the conservation status of whale, dolphin and porpoises and how they are valued.
    • The Action Plan for Australian Cetaceans
      A national overview of the conservation status, the recommended conservation priorities and research and management actions for the 43 species of Cetacea found in Australian waters.
    • Cetacean research in the southern Africa
      Cetacean research, in terms of the number of papers, and areas for which data are available, has expanded considerably in the southern African subregion in the past decade, especially in the South-West Indian Ocean. We review cetacean research within this subregion from the 1800s to the present to provide an ╩overview of findings, investigate trends and identify knowledge gaps.

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