SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

UPDATED: 11-03-2016


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- SATURDAY, 12TH MARCH 2016 - WORKSHOPS

SUNDAY, 13TH MARCH 2016 - WORKSHOPS, REGISTRATION AND ICEBREAKER

- MONDAY, 14TH MARCH 2016 - REGISTRATION, OPENING, CONFERENCE AND POSTER SESSION 1

TUESDAY, 15TH MARCH 2016 - CONFERENCE, FOR INFO, POSTER SESSION 2 AND VIDEO NIGHT

- WEDNESDAY,16TH MARCH 2016 - CONFERENCE, AGM, AWARDS AND CLOSING

- THURSDAY, 17TH MARCH 2016 - WORKSHOPS


SATURDAY, 12TH MARCH 2016

WORKSHOPS

ECS student workshop – Where the wild things are

09:00 – 16:30 Venue: Catamaran of VMT-Madeira (Room J) at Funchal Marina and auditorium of Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico (Room H)

Development of a conservation status surveillance system for monk seals

09:00 – 17:30 Venue: Auditorium Golden Gate (Room C)

Conserving Europe’s cetaceans through synergy-building between the relevant legislative frameworks

09:30 – 17:40 Venue: Auditorium of the Museu de Electricidade (Room A)

Remote insular marine habitats: how important are these regions for oceanic cetacean populations

09:15 – 12:30 Venue: Auditorium of Tribunal de Contas (Room B)

Platforms of opportunity as research vehicles: benefits and limitations   

14:15 – 17:30 Venue: Auditorium of Tribunal de Contas (Room B)

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SUNDAY, 13TH MARCH 2016

WORKSHOPS

Measuring and interpreting behavioural responses by marine mammals to anthropogenic sounds - ECS Scientific Advisory Committee

09:00 – 17:00 Venue: auditorium of Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico (Room G)

The Joint Cetacean Protocol: lessons learned and looking to the future

09:30 – 17:00 Venue: auditorium InfoArt (Room D)

Integrating abundance and distribution information into the process for the identification of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs)

09:00 – 17:30 Venue: Auditorium of Tribunal de Contas (Room B)

Changing values, uses and practices regarding marine mammals: from the Iron Age to early modern and contemporary times  

09:30 – 17:30 Venue: Auditorium of Espaço de Memórias João Carlos Abreu (Room H)

Marine Mammal Rescue

09:30 – 17:00 Venue: Auditorium of Conservatório - Escola de Artes – Eng. Luíz Peter Clode (Rooms I)

Developing tools to ensure high quality MMOs in the ACCOBAMS area

09:00 – 17:30 Venue: Auditorium at Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas (Room F)

Threats to marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea: how do they cope with human impact?

09:30 – 16:30 Venue: Auditorium Golden Gate (Room C)

What is new in cetacean pathology

09:30 – 18:00 Venue: Auditorium of Conservatório - Escola de Artes – Eng. Luíz Peter Clode (Rooms I)

4th workshop on communicating marine mammal science to the general public

09:00 – 18:00 Venue: auditorium of Madeira Whale Museum, Caniçal

REGISTRATION

15:00 – 19:00 – Centro de Congressos da Madeira

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MONDAY, 14TH MARCH 2016

REGISTRATION

08:00 - 09:00 – Registration/help desk of the Centro de Congressos da Madeira   

OPENING

09:00 - 09:30 - Auditorium of the Centro de Congressos da Madeira

Please note: Only presenting authors are listed below

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

09:30 – 10:15    Sperm whale societies of the Atlantic and Pacific: why so different? - Prof. Hal Whitehead

ABUNDANCE AND DISTRIBUTION I

Chairperson: Hal Whitehead

10:15 – 10:30  Density dependent responses in Southern Right whales Eubalaena australis at Península Valdés, Argentina - Enrique Crespo

10:30 – 10:45  A generalized logistic regression model of the functional distribution of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in Catalonian coasts - Daniel Patón

10:45 – 11:00  Connecting the dots between Critical Habitats for beaked whales in the deep ocean - Laura Feyrer

11:00 - 11:45  COFFEE BREAK       

BEHAVIOUR

Chairperson: Mario Acquarone

11:45 – 12:00  Habitat use and activity patterns of landlocked Baltic Ringed seals - Martin Silts

12:00 – 12:15  Seeking companions: An analysis of cetacean mixed-species associations and co-occurrence in the eastern and central Pacific - Mridula Srinivasan

12:15 – 12:30  Sperm whales reduce foraging effort during exposure to 1-2 kHz sonar and killer whale sounds - Saana Isojunno

12:30 – 12:45  Humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) in south-eastern South African waters-where to from here - Stephanie Ploen

12:45 - 13:00  Next level fission fusion society: fin whales - Christian Ramp

13:00 - 14:15  LUNCH BREAK        

SHORT-TALKS

14:15 – 15:15  ECOLOGY, BEHAVIOUR AND STRANDINGS

Chairperson: Mark Simmonds

- Photo-identification as a tool to monitor the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus in Greece - Styliani Adamantopoulou

- Behavioural observations on wild harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) using drones - an innovative approach to marine mammal monitoring and behavioural analysis - Daniela Prömper

- Stranded minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) cases on Cape Cod, MA, USA from 1999-2014, with a review of pathology findings including ship strikes, entanglements and brucellosis - Misty Niemeyer

- Finding food in the ocean: could cetaceans use chemical cues? - Bertrand Bouchard

- Cytochrome P450 1A1 and 2B protein expression as biomarker for the first assessment of the ecotoxicological status of Cuvier's beaked (Ziphius cavirostris) in the NW Mediterranean Sea - Matteo Baini

- Preliminary ecotoxicological data on C type kille whale (Orcinus orca) from Terra Nova Bay (Antarctica): Molecular biomarkers and persistent organic contaminants - Cristina Panti

- “Weather or not?” An investigation into the effect of variations in oceanographic and meteorological conditions on cetacean strandings along the Irish coast - Emer Keaveney

- Studying the vertical distribution of small cetaceans and their prey in a tidal stream Demonstration Zone - Gemma Veneruso

- Causes of death of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded on the northern French coastline  (1995-2015) - Thierry Jauniaux

STRANDINGS AND ANATOMY

Chairperson: Antonio Fernandez

15:15 – 15:30  CSI of the sea - investigating UK strandings over the last 25 years - Robert Deaville

15:30 – 15:45  Localization and characterization of the brain structures of the stress system in toothed whales - Simona Sacchini

15:45 - 16:00   Rescue response to long-finned pilot whale mass stranding events in the United Kingdom - Stephen Marsh

16:00 - 16:30  COFFEE BREAK       

ACOUSTIC AND HUMAN INTERACTIONS

Chairperson: Rui Prieto

16:30 - 16:45   Signature whistles and group composition in resident bottlenose dolphins: can we link
photo-id with emissions?
- Ana Rita Luís

16:45 – 17:00  Responses of seals to mitigation signals revealed by at sea controlled exposure experiments - Jonathan Gordon

17:00 – 17:15   Conservation of killer whales in the Strait of Gibraltar requires ecosystem-based bluefin tuna fishery management - Ruth Esteban

17:15 – 17:30  Assessing the impact of underwater clearance of unexploded ordnance on harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the Southern North Sea - Alexander von Benda-Beckmann

17:30 – 17:45  Ambient & vessel noise measurement and marine mammal monitoring in the Strait of Georgia, British-Columbia, Canada - John Moloney

POSTER SESSION 1odd numbers

17:45 - 19:15 – Poster room at Centro de Congressos da Madeira  

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TUESDAY, 15TH MARCH 2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

09:00 – 09:45  The ecological importance of open waters and oceanic islands for baleen whales - Dra. Mónica Silva

ECOLOGY

Chairperson: Mónica Silva

09:45 –10:00   Niche diversification in deep-diving sperm, pilot and beaked whales - Natacha Aguilar de Soto

10:00 – 10:15  Ecological insights from long-term trends in cetacean stomach contents – Andrew Brownlow

10:15 – 10:30   The effect of changing environmental conditions on the distribution of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Northeast Atlantic - Anna Schleimer

10:30 – 10:45  Stable isotope analysis reveals inter-specific and individual variation in migration strategies and wintering habitats in NE Atlantic blue, fin and sei whales - Rui Prieto

10:45 – 11:00  Results from chemical marker analyses question some of the currently accepted conservation units for Atlantic whale populations - Morgana Vighi

11:00 – 11:30   COFFEE BREAK       

HUMAN INTERACTIONS

Chairperson: Luís Freitas

11:30 – 11:45  Use of AIS data for characterization of passenger vessel traffic in the Pelagos Sanctuary and assessment of impact risk - Alessandro Bisson

11:45 – 12:00  Assessing the ecological risk of anthropogenic noise pollution from maritime traffic on the Cuvier’s beaked whale in the Genoa Canyon - Frazer Coomber

12:00 – 12:15  Dolphin depredation of bottom-set fishing nets in the Gulf of Corinth, Mediterranean Sea - Silvia Bonizzoni

12:15 – 12:30  The PlasticPelagos Project: microplastics, convergence areas and fin whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary (northwestern Mediterranean Sea) - Maria Cristina Fossi

12:30 – 12:45  Common dolphins, Delphinus delphis, and the Portuguese sardine purse-seine fishery: Interactions, feeding ecology and mitigation - Ana Marçalo

12:45 – 13:00  Predicting the effects of human developments on individual dolphins to understand potential long-term population consequences - Enrico Pirotta

13:00 – 14:15   LUNCH (short student AGM meeting in the conference room at 13:00)

SHORT-TALKS

14:15 – 15:15  ECOLOGY, ABUNDANCE, GENETIC AND ANATOMY

Chairperson: Alexandros Frantzis

- A genetic perspective of one of the smallest conservation units of bottlenose dolphin in Europe – the Sado population (Portugal) - Inês Carvalho

- Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) absolute abundance estimates using photographic mark-recapture methods in the northwestern part of the Pelagos Sanctuary, Mediterranean Sea - Sabina Airoldi

- Skull shapes of the Lissodelphininae: open ocean to nearshore - Anders Galatius

- Cetaceans distribution in the Macarronesia: from Portugal to Cape Verde - Ana Mafalda Correia

- Deep sea predators in Irish waters and their trophic relevance - Gema Hernandez-Milian

- Autonomous photo trap systems: new tool for the monk seal conservation in Madeira - Rosa Pires

- Using radiocarbon to study Southern hemisphere humpback whale feeding ecology and migration - Pascale Eisenmann

- Genomic insights into the origin, spread and pathogenicity of Influenza A virus in marine mammals - Linnea Worsøe Købke

MODELLING

Chairperson: Sophie Laran

15:15 – 15:30  Data degradation: an approach to simulating rare species distribution models - Auriane Virgili

15:30 – 15:45  Using environmental envelopes to assess existing cetacean data collections and help prioritize survey effort at the basin scale - Laura Mannocci

15:45 - 16:00   Estimating proportion of occupied area in single - visit surveys of marine mammals - Matthieu Authier

16:00 - 16:30   COFFEE BREAK       

ABUNDANCE AND DISTRIBUTION II

Chairperson: Phil Hammond

16:30 - 16:45   Distribution, abundance and habitat use of bottlenose dolphin in the Madeira archipelago - Luis Freitas

16:45 – 17:00  Mediterranean Monk seal distribution in the Saharan coast (Mauritania/Morocco) - Pablo Fernandez de Larrinoa

17:00 – 17:15  Using seismic data to study fin whales in offshore waters off southwest Portugal - Andreia Pereira

17:15 – 17:30  Model based humpback, fin whale and krill distribution – results of a snapshot study from the west Antarctic Peninsula - Helena Herr

17:30 – 17:45  The First REMMOA Program: A tropical tour of marine mammal biodiversity across three oceans - Sophie Laran

17:45 – 18:00  Observatory of the Mediterranean monk seal population of the Cabo Blanco Peninsula (Mauritania/Morocco). An important conservation tool - Mercedes Muñoz Cañas

FOR INFO

18:00 – 18:30

- Ship Strikes: How to Mitigate a Problem with Many Unknowns – Fabian Ritter
- Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs): why do we need them? – Micheal Tetley
- Years of new learning from cetaceans in arctic norway ‐ before the increased human presence – Russel Baker and Mario Acquarone

POSTER SESSION 2 even numbers

18:30 - 20:00 - Poster room at Centro de Congressos da Madeira   

VIDEO NIGHT

21:15   23:00   Video Night at Centro de Congressos da Madeira

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WEDNESDAY, 16TH MARCH 2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

09:00 – 09:45   Oasis in a desert sea: island-associated populations of open-ocean odontocetes in the Hawaiian archipelago - Dr. Robin Baird

CONSERVATION AND ENERGETICS

Chairperson: Robin Baird

09:45 - 10:00   The science and policy drivers leading to a mitigation zone for beaked whales along the Irish shelf edge - Simon Berrow

10:00 – 10:15  An evaluation of EU Habitats Directive criteria for a mobile cetacean in a small country - Tina Centrih

10:15 – 10:30  A critical assessment of research trajectories concerning climate change, with recommendations for future engagement - Mark Simmonds

10:30 – 10:45  Using management strategy evaluation to test the performance of a potential biological removal tier system - Paula Moreno

10:45 - 11:00   The benefit of being big: body rotations and acceleration over a 3000:1 mass range in cetaceans - Lucia Martina Martin Lopez

11:00 - 11:30   COFFEE BREAK       

GENETICS

Chairperson: Inês Carvalho

11:30 - 11:45  Reconstructing the post-glacial colonization of the northern extreme of the range of a top marine predator, the bottlenose dolphin - Milaja Nykanen

11:45 – 12:00  History of population fragmentation and collapse in the endangered Yangtze finless porpoise revealed by population genetics - Yacine Ben Chehida

SHORT-TALKS

12:00 – 13:00  CONSERVATION, HUMAN INTERACTIONS, ACOUSTICS AND HISTORY

Chairperson: Cristina Brito

- Harmonization of general and local approaches to effective conservation of critically endangered population of Baltic harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in Polish waters - Iwona Pawliczka

- Computing ship strike and near miss along main shipping lanes; results of a direct observation study in the Mediterranean Sea undertaken from 2007 to 2015 - Antonella Arcangeli

- A new equation to calculate the allometric inter-pulse interval to body length relationship in Mediterranean male sperm whales - Nino Pierantonio

- Risk assessment of port activities on cetaceans, a framework to analyse and reduce the impacts: case study on the Guiana dolphin in southern Brazil - Tara Van Belleghem

- Fishing’s phantom menace: the impact of lost and discarded fishing gear on European cetaceans & pinnipeds - Elizabeth Hogan

- Estimates of grey seal predation mortality on three principal commercial demersal species in a mixed fishery and the implications for stock assessments - Vanessa Trijoulet

- Sperm whale codas can encode individuality as well as clan identity - Cláudia Oliveira

- Social and biological implications of medieval European whaling - Youri van den Hurk

- Spatio-temporal variation in click production rates of beaked whales: implications for passive acoustic density estimation - Victoria Warren

13:00 - 14:15  LUNCH BREAK

14:15   15:30   Workshop reports      

15:30 - 16:45  Annual General Meeting      

16:45 - 17:15   COFFEE BREAK       

17:15 - 18:15  Awards & Closing

- Student awards

- Video award

- Mandy McMath Conservation Award             

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THURSDAY, 17TH MARCH 2016

WORKSHOPS

Marine mammals pathology: update of the necropsy protocol on dissection techniques and tissue sampling – Part II

10:00 – 17:30 Venue: Auditorium of Portugal Telecom (Room E)

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