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Marine Species Monitoring

Cuvier's Beaked Whale and Fin Whale Population Dyanmics and Impact Assessment at the Southern California Offshore Antisubmarine Warfare Range (SOAR)

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Curtis, K.A., Falcone, E.A., Schorr, G.S., Moore, J.E., Moretti, D.J., Barlow, J., and Keene, E.  (2020)  Abundance, survival, and annual rate of change of Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) on a Navy sonar range.  Marine Mammal Science.

Barlow, J, Schorr, GS, Falcone, EA, Morretti, D. 2020. Variation in dive behavior of Cuvier's beaked whales with seafloor depth, time-of-day, and lunar illumination. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 644:199-214.

Keen EM, Scales KL, Rone BK, Hazen EL, Falcone EA and Schorr GS. 2019. Night and Day: Diel Differences in Ship Strike Risk for Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the California Current System. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:730. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00730

Keen, E.M., Falcone, E.A., Andrew, R.D., Schorr, G.S. 2019. Diel dive behaviors of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Southern California Bight. Aquatic Mammals, 45(2), 2330243. DOI 10.1578/AM>45.2.2019.333

Scales, K.L., Schorr G.S., Hazen E.L., Bogard S.J., Miller P.I., Andrews R.D., Zerbini A.N., Falcone, E.A. 2017. Should I stay or should I go? Modelling year-round habitat suitability and drivers of residency for fin whales in the California Current. Diversity and Distributions 2017;00-1-12. https://doi./org/10.1111/ddi.12611

Schorr, G.S., Falcone, E.A., Moretti, D.J., Andrews, R.D., 2014. First Long-Term Behavioral Records from Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (Ziphius cavirostris) Reveal Record-Breaking Dives. PLoS ONE 9, e92633. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092633

Falcone, E.A., G.S. Schorr, A.B. Douglas, J. Calambokidis, E. Henderson, M.F. McKenna, J. Hildebrand, and D. Moretti. 2009. Sighting characteristics and photo-identification of Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) near San Clemente Island, California: A key area for beaked whales and the military? 
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