Following our #DiversityInEcology theme, Conor Ryan discusses his experiences of judging whether to be ‘out’ to colleagues and crew members during boat-based fieldwork. A congenital ecologist, Conor’s career began in the late 1980s, where he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks … Continue reading Should I tell my colleagues I am gay?
Is sound pollution too much? Does it get on your nerves easily? What about sound under water? For this episode of the Field Reports podcast, I interviewed Dr. Chandra Salgado Kent of Curtin University in Australia about her work on marine animals and the noise underwater. We discuss marine bio-acoustics, conservation, behaviour, whales, dolphins and more. Trailer: Podcast: You can listen to the future episodes of … Continue reading Field Reports: Chandra Salgado Kent
A recent paper published in the Journal of Animal Ecology has found that poor-quality female southern elephant seals use breeding pauses as a tactic to produce more offspring over their lifetime. Here to tell us more are three of the authors: Marine Desprez, Clive McMahon and Rob Harcourt. Breeding is a costly activity. In long-lived multiparous animals, some individuals may skip one or several breeding … Continue reading Strategic pauses in female elephant seals
Earlier this month, the European Cetacean Society (ECS) held their 31st annual conference in Middelfart, Denmark. Established in 1987, ECS has several hundred members from more than 25 European countries as well as several countries outside Europe. It aims to promote and advance the scientific studies and conservation efforts of marine mammals, and to gather and disseminate information about them to members of the Society … Continue reading Marine Mammal Conservation in the Light of Marine Spatial Use