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Scientific publications from NAMMCO member countries

Below are recent publications published by scientists from NAMMCO member countries, concerning species and stocks of interest to NAMMCO.


Fernández R, Schubert M, Vargas-Velázquez AM, Brownlow A, Víkingsson GA, Siebert U, Jensen LF, Øien N, Wall D, Rogan E and Mikkelsen B (2016) A genomewide catalogue of single nucleotide polymorphisms in white-beaked and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Molecular Ecology Resources. 16(1):266-276.

Gebbink WA, Bossi R, Rigét FF, Rosing-Asvid A, Sonne C, and Dietz R (2016) Observation of emerging per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Greenland marine mammals. Chemosphere. 144:2384-2391.

Granquist SM and Nilsson PÅ (2016) Who's watching whom?–an interdisciplinary approach to the study of seal-watching tourism in Iceland. Journal of Cleaner Production.  111:471-478.

Granquist S and Hauksson E (2016) Seasonal, meteorological, tidal and diurnal effects on haul-out patterns of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in Iceland. Polar Biology, in press.

Hamilton CD, Lydersen C, Ims RA, Kovacs KM (2016) Coastal habitat use by ringed seals Pusa hispida following a regional sea-ice collapse: importance of glacial refugia in a changing Arctic. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 8(545):261-77.

Howell D, Hansen C, Bogstad B and Skern-Mauritzen M (2016) Balanced harvesting in a variable and uncertain world: a case study from the Barents Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil. fsw034.

Lindqvist C, Roy T, Lydersen C, Kovacs KM, Aars J, Wiig Ø and Bachmann L (2016) Genetic diversity of historical Atlantic walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) from Bjørnøya and Håøya (Tusenøyane), Svalbard, Norway. BMC Research Notes. 9(1):1.

Meier S, Falk-Petersen S, Gade-Sørensen LA, Greenacre M, Haug T and Lindstrøm U (2016) Fatty acids in common minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) blubber reflect the feeding area and food selection, but also high endogenous metabolism. Marine Biology Research. 12(3):221-238, DOI:

Routti H, Gabrielsen GW, Herzke D, Kovacs KM, Lydersen C (2016) Spatial and temporal trends in perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) from Svalbard. Environmental Pollution. 31(214):230-8.

Sandvik H, Barrett RT, Erikstad KE, Myksvoll MS, Vikebø F, Yoccoz NG, Anker-Nilssen T, Lorentsen SH, Reiertsen TK, Skarðhamar J and Skern-Mauritzen M (2016) Modelled drift patterns of fish larvae link coastal morphology to seabird colony distribution. Nature Communications. 7.

Víkingsson GA (2016) Decadal changes in distribution, abundance and feeding ecology of baleen whales in Icelandic and adjacent waters. A consequence of climate change? PhD Dissertation, University of Tromsø.



Blanchet MA, Lydersen C, Ims RA, and Kovacs KM (2015) Seasonal, Oceanographic and Atmospheric Drivers of Diving Behaviour in a Temperate Seal Species Living in the High Arctic. PloS one. 10(7):e0132686.

Boertmann D, Kyhn LA, Witting L, & Heide-Jørgensen MP (2015) A hidden getaway for bowhead whales in the Greenland Sea. Polar Biology 1-5. doi:

Bogstad B, Gjøsæter H, Haug T & Lindstrøm U (2015) A review of the battle for food in the Barents Sea: cod vs. marine mammals. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3(29)

Citta JJ, Quakenbush LT, Okkonen SR, Druckenmiller ML, Maslowski W, Clement-Kinney J, George JC, Brower H, Small RJ, Ashjian CJ and Harwood LA (2015) Ecological characteristics of core-use areas used by Bering–Chukchi–Beaufort (BCB) bowhead whales, 2006–2012. Progress in Oceanography. 136:201-222.

Elvarsson, B. Þ. (2015). Statistical models of marine multispecies ecosystems. PhD Dissertation. University of Iceland.

Falk-Petersen S, Pavlov V, Berge J, Cottier F, Kovacs KM & Lydersen C (2015) At the rainbow’s end: high productivity fueled by winter upwelling along an Arctic shelf. Polar Biology 38(1):5-11

Finnbjornsdottir RG, Oudin A, Elvarsson BT, Gislason T and Rafnsson V (2015) Hydrogen sulfide and traffic-related air pollutants in association with increased mortality: a case-crossover study in Reykjavik, Iceland. BMJ open. 5(4):e007272.

Frederiksen M and Haug T (2015) Editorial: Climate Change and Marine Top Predators. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 3:136.

Garde E, Hansen SH, Ditlevsen S, Tvermosegaard KB, Hansen J, Harding KC, and Heide-Jørgensen MP (2015) Life history parameters of narwhals (Monodon monoceros) from Greenland. Journal of Mammalogy. 96(4):866-879.

Gladish CV, Holland DM, Rosing-Asvid A, Behrens JW, & Boje J (2015) Oceanic Boundary Conditions for Jakobshavn Glacier. Part I: Variability and Renewal of Ilulissat Icefjord Waters, 2001–14*. Journal of Physical Oceanography 45(1):3-32

Hallanger IG, Sagerup K, Evenset A, Kovacs KM, Leonards P, Fuglei E, Routti H, Aars J, Strøm H, Lydersen C, Gabrielsen GW (2015) Organophosphorous flame retardants in biota from Svalbard, Norway. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 101(1):442-7.

Hamilton CD, Kovacs KM, Lydersen C (2015) Year-round haul-out behaviour of male walruses Odobenus rosmarus in the Northern Barents Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 519:251-263. doi:

Hamilton CD, Lydersen C, Ims RA, and Kovacs KM (2015) Predictions replaced by facts: a keystone species' behavioural responses to declining arctic sea-ice. Biology Letters 11(11):20150803.

Heide-Jørgensen MP, Nielsen NH, Hansen RG, Schmidt HC, Blackwell SB, & Jørgensen OA (2015) The predictable narwhal: satellite tracking shows behavioural similarities between isolated subpopulations. Journal of Zoology. 297(1):54-65

Keane M, Semeiks J, Webb AE, Li YI, Quesada Y, Craig T, Madsen LB, van Dam S, Brawand D, Marques PI, Michalak P, Kang L, Bhak J, Yim HS, Grishin NV, Nielsen NH, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Oziolor EM, Matson CW, Church GM, Stuart GW, Patton JC, George JC, Suydam R, Larsen K, López-Otín C, O’Connell MJ, Bickham JW, Thomsen B (2015) Insights into the evolution of longevity from the bowhead whale genome. Cell Reports 10(1):112-122

Laidre KL, Stern H, Kovacs KM, Lowry L, Moore SE, Regehr EV, Ferguson SH, Wiig Ø, Boveng P, Angliss RP, Born EW. (2015) Arctic marine mammal population status, sea ice habitat loss, and conservation recommendations for the 21st century. Conservation Biology. 29(3):724-37.

Lowther AD, Lydersen C, Fedak MA, Lovell P, Kovacs KM (2015) The Argos-CLS Kalman Filter: Error Structures and State-Space Modelling Relative to Fastloc GPS Data. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0124754. doi:

Lowther AD, Kovacs KM, Griffiths D & Lydersen C (2015) Identification of motivational state in adult male Atlantic walruses inferred from changes in movement and diving behavior. Marine Mammal Science. doi: 

Lowther AD, Ahonen H, Hofmeyr G, Oosthuizen WC, De Bruyn PN, Lydersen C and Kovacs KM (2015) Reliability of VHF telemetry data for measuring attendance patterns of marine predators: a comparison with time depth recorder data. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 538:249-256.

Lowther AD, Lydersen C and Kovacs KM (2015) A sum greater than its parts: merging multi?predator tracking studies to increase ecological understanding. Ecosphere. 6(12):1-13.

Mernild SH, Holland DM, Holland D, Rosing-Asvid A, Yde JC, Liston GE, & Steffen K (2015) Freshwater Flux and Spatiotemporal Simulated Runoff Variability into Ilulissat Icefjord, West Greenland, Linked to Salinity and Temperature Observations near Tidewater Glacier Margins Obtained Using Instrumented Ringed Seals. Journal of Physical Oceanography

Nielsen NH, Laidre K, Larsen RS, & Heide-Jørgensen MP (2015) Identification of potential foraging areas for bowhead whales in Baffin Bay and adjacent waters. Arctic. 68:169-179

Peterson IK, Pettipas R and Rosing-Asvid A (2015) Trends and variability in sea ice and icebergs off the Canadian east coast. Atmosphere-Ocean. 53(5):582-594.

Ramasco V, Barraquand F, Biuw M, McConnell B and Nilssen KT (2015) The intensity of horizontal and vertical search in a diving forager: the harbour seal. Movement Ecology. 3(1):15.

Rekdal SL, Hansen RG, Borchers D, Bachmann L, Laidre KL, Wiig Ø, Nielsen NH, Fossette S, Tervo O and Heide-Jørgensen MP (2015) Trends in bowhead whales in West Greenland: Aerial surveys vs. genetic capture-recapture analyses. Marine Mammal Science 31:133–154. doi:

Ressler PH, Dalpadado P, Macaulay GJ, Handegard N and Skern-Mauritzen M (2015) Acoustic surveys of euphausiids and models of baleen whale distribution in the Barents Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 527:13-29.

Skern-Mauritzen M, Ottersen G, Handegard NO, Huse G, Dingsør GE, Stenseth NC and Kjesbu OS (2015) Ecosystem processes are rarely included in tactical fisheries management. Fish and Fisheries doi:

Víkingsson GA, Pike DG, Schleimer A, Valdimarsson H, Gunnlaugsson T, Silva T, ... & Hammond P (2015) Distribution, abundance and feeding ecology of rorqual cetaceans in Icelandic waters: have recent environmental changes had an effect. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3(6).

Víkingsson GA and Heide-Jørgensen MP (2015) First indications of autumn migration routes and destination of common minke whales tracked by satellite in the North Atlantic during 2001–2011. Marine Mammal Science 31:376–385 doi:

Watt CA, Orr JR, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Nielsen NH, Ferguson SH (2015) Differences in dive behaviour among the world’s three narwhal Monodon monoceros populations correspond with dietary differences. Mar Ecol Prog Series 525:273-285 doi:


Andersen JM, Stenson GB, Skern-Maurizen M, Wiersma YF, Rosing-Asvid A, Hammill MO, et al. (2014) Drift Diving by Hooded Seals (Cystophora cristata) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103072. doi:

Andersen, OGN, Laidre KL, and Heide-Jørgensen MP (2014) Benthopelagic shrimp and associated pelagic and bentopelagic fauna on a bowhead whale foraging ground in Disko Bay, West Greenland. Marine Science 4(1) doi:

Blanchet MA, Lydersen C, Ims RA, Lowther AD, & Kovacs KM (2014) Harbour seal Phoca vitulina movement patterns in the high-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. Aquat Biol 21(3):167-81

Blanchet MA, Lydersen C, Biuw M, de Bruyn PN, Hofmeyr G, Krafft BA & Kovacs KM (2014) Instrumentation and handling effects on Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella). Polar Research, 33

Blanchet MA, Godfroid J, Breines EM, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Nielsen NH, Hasselmeier I ... & Asbakk K (2014) West Greenland harbour porpoises assayed for antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii: false positives with the direct agglutination method. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 108:181-186 doi:

Boertmann D & Rosing-Asvid A (2014) Seabirds and seals in Southeast Greenland. Results from a survey in July 2014. Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, 42 pp. Scientific Report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy No. 117

Christiansen F, Víkingsson GA, Rasmussen MH, Lusseau D (2014) Female body condition affects foetal growth in a capital breeding mysticete. Functional Ecology 28:579–588. doi:

Citta JJ, Quakenbush LT, Okkonen SR, Druckenmiller ML, Maslowski W, Clement-Kinney J ... & Heide-Jørgensen MP (2014) Ecological characteristics of core-use areas used by Bering–Chukchi–Beaufort (BCB) bowhead whales, 2006–2012. Progress in Oceanography.

Citta JJ, Burns JJ, Quakenbush LT, Vanek V, George JC, Small RJ, Heide-Jørgensen MP and Brower H (2014) Potential for bowhead whale entanglement in cod and crab pot gear in the Bering Sea. Marine Mammal Science 30: 445–459. doi:

Durant JM, Skern-Mauritzen M, Krasnov YV, Nikolaeva NG, Lindstrøm U, Dolgov A (2014) Temporal Dynamics of Top Predators Interactions in the Barents Sea. PLoS ONE 9(11):e110933 doi:

Fall J & Skern-Mauritzen M (2014) White-beaked dolphin distribution and association with prey in the Barents Sea. Marine Biology Research 10(10):957-971 doi:

Fontaine MC, Roland K, Calves I, Austerlitz F, Palstra FP, Tolley KA, Ryan S, Ferreira M, Jauniaux T, Llavona A, Öztürk B, Öztürk AA, Ridoux V, Rogan E, Sequeira M, Siebert U, Vikingsson GA, Borrell A, Michaux JR and Aguilar A (2014) Postglacial climate changes and rise of three ecotypes of harbour porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in western Palearctic waters. Molecular Ecology, 23: 3306–3321. doi:

Fossette S, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Jensen MV, Kiszka J, Bérubé M, Bertrand N & Vély M (2014) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) post breeding dispersal and southward migration in the western Indian Ocean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 450:6-14.

Grist JP, Josey SA, Boehme L, Meredith MP, Laidre KL, Heide‐Jørgensen MP ... & Coward AC (2014) Seasonal variability of the warm Atlantic water layer in the vicinity of the Greenland shelf break. Geophys. Res. Lett. 41:8530–8537 doi:

Hamilton CD, Lydersen C, Ims RA & Kovacs KM (2014) Haul-Out behaviour of the world's Northernmost population of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) throughout the year. PloS One 9(1): e86055. doi:

Haug T, Aschan M, Hoel AH, Johansen T & Sundet JH (2014) Introduction: marine harvesting in the Arctic. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil 71(7):1932-1933 doi:

Heide-Jørgensen MP & Rosing-Asvid A (2014) Catch statistics for belugas in West Greenland 1862 to 1999. NAMMCO Scientific Publications 4:127-142

Heide-Jørgensen MP, Nielsen NH, Hansen RG & Blackwell SB (2014) Stomach temperature of narwhals (Monodon monoceros) during feeding events. Animal Biotelemetry 2(1):1-10. doi:

Isachsen PE, Sørlie SR, Mauritzen C, Lydersen C, Dodd P & Kovacs KM (2014) Upper-ocean hydrography of the Nordic Seas during the International Polar Year (2007–2008) as observed by instrumented seals and Argo floats. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 93:41-59 doi:

Konishi K, Hakamada T, Kiwada H, Kitakado T & Walløe L (2014) Decrease in stomach contents in the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) in the Southern Ocean. Polar Biology 37(2): 205-215. doi:

Kovacs KM, Aars J & Lydersen C (2014) Walruses recovering after 60+ years of protection in Svalbard, Norway. Polar Research 33.

Laidre KL, Stern H, Kovacs KM, Lowry L, Moore SE, Regehr EV, Ferguson SH, Wiig Ø, Boveng P, Angliss RP, Born EW, Litovka D, Quakenbush L, Lydersen C, Vongraven D and Ugarte F (2015) Arctic marine mammal population status, sea ice habitat loss, and conservation recommendations for the 21st century. Conservation Biology. doi:

Lehnert K, Seibel H, Hasselmeier I, Wohlsein P, Iversen M, Nielsen NH, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Prenger-Berninghoff E & Siebert U (2014) Increase in parasite burden and associated pathology in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in West Greenland. Polar Biology 37(3):321-331. doi:

Li M, Sherman LS, Blum JD, Grandjean P, Mikkelsen B, Weihe P...& Shine JP (2014) Assessing sources of human methylmercury exposure using stable mercury isotopes. Environmental Science & Technology 48(15):8800-8806.

Ljungfeldt LE, Espedal PG, Nilsen F, Skern-Mauritzen M & Glover KA (2014) A common-garden experiment to quantify evolutionary processes in copepods: the case of emamectin benzoate resistance in the parasitic sea louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14(1): 108 doi:

Lu Z, Fisk AT, Kovacs KM, Lydersen C, McKinney MA, Tomy GT ... & Wong CS (2014) Temporal and spatial variation in polychlorinated biphenyl chiral signatures of the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) and its arctic marine food web. Environmental Pollution, 186, 216-225.

Lowther AD, Lydersen C, Biuw M, De Bruyn PJ, Hofmeyr GJ & Kovacs KM (2014) Post-breeding at-sea movements of three central-place foragers in relation to submesoscale fronts in the Southern Ocean around Bouvetøya. Antarctic Science 26(05):533-544

Lydersen C, Assmy P, Falk-Petersen S, Kohler J, Kovacs KM, Reigstad M ... & Zajaczkowski M (2014) The importance of tidewater glaciers for marine mammals and seabirds in Svalbard, Norway. Journal of Marine Systems 129:452-471

Mortensen HS, Pakkenberg B, Dam M, Dietz R, Sonne C, Mikkelsen B and Eriksen N (2014) Quantitative relationships in Delphinid neocortex. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 8:32

Monteiro SS, Vingada J, López A, Pierce GJ, Ferreira M, Brownlow A, Øien N, Mikkelsen B, Niemeyer M, Deaville R and Piertney S (2014) Sequence polymorphism and geographical variation at mitochondrial and MHC loci in long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melaena) from the North Atlantic. In: Population ecology of long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) off the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula. PhD thesis. University of Minho (Portugal) and Aberdeen (Scotland). 200pp.

Øigård TA, Haug T & Nilssen KT (2014) Current status of hooded seals in the Greenland Sea. Victims of climate change and predation? Biological Conservation 172:29-36

Øigård TA, Haug T & Nilssen KT (2014) From pup production to quotas: current status of harp seals in the Greenland Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil 71(3):537-545 doi:

Olsen MT, Pampoulie C, Daníelsdóttir AK, Lidh E, Bérubé M, Víkingsson GA & Palsbøll PJ (2014) Fin whale MDH‐1 and MPI allozyme variation is not reflected in the corresponding DNA sequences. Ecology and Evolution, 4(10), 1787-1803. doi:

Benjamin Planque, Raul Primicerio, Kathrine Michalsen, Michaela Aschan, Grégoire Certain, Padmini Dalpadado, Harald Gjøsæater, Cecilie Hansen, Edda Johannesen, Lis Lindal Jørgensen, Ina Kolsum, Susanne Kortsch, Lise-Marie Leclerc, Lena Omli, Mette Skern-Mauritzen, and Magnus Wiedmann 2014. Who eats whom in the Barents Sea: a food web topology from plankton to whales. Ecology 95:1430–1430.

Quintela M, Skaug HJ, Øien N, Haug T, Seliussen BB, Solvang HK, et al. (2014) Investigating Population Genetic Structure in a Highly Mobile Marine Organism: The Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata acutorostrata in the North East Atlantic. PLoS ONE 9(9): e108640. doi:

Ramasco V, Biuw M & Nilssen KT (2014) Improving time budget estimates through the behavioural interpretation of dive bouts in harbour seals. Animal Behaviour 94:117-134

Reeves RR, Ewins PJ, Agbayani S, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Kovacs KM, Lydersen C ... & Blijleven R (2014) Distribution of endemic cetaceans in relation to hydrocarbon development and commercial shipping in a warming Arctic. Marine Policy 44:375-389

Routti H, Lydersen C, Hanssen L & Kovacs KM (2014) Contaminant levels in the world’s northernmost harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). Marine Pollution Bulletin 87(1):140-146

Tverberg V, Nøst OA, Lydersen C and Kovacs KM (2014) Winter sea ice melting in the Atlantic Water subduction area, Svalbard Norway, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 119:5945–5967 doi:

Víkingsson GA, Elvarsson BÞ, Ólafsdóttir D, Sigurjónsson J, Chosson V & Galan A (2014) Recent changes in the diet composition of common minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in Icelandic waters. A consequence of climate change? Marine Biology Research 10(2):138-152. doi:


Andersen, J. M., Wiersma, Y. F., Stenson, G. B., Hammill, M. O., Rosing-Asvid, A., and Skern-Maurizen, M. 2013. Habitat selection by hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science.70(1):173–185. Abstract

Castellote, Manuel, Ruth H. Leeney, Gregory O’Corry-Crowe, Rauno Lauhakangas, Kit M. Kovacs, William Lucey, Vera Krasnova, Christian Lydersen, Kathleen M. Stafford, and Roman Belikov. (2013) Monitoring white whales (Delphinapterus leucas) with echolocation loggers. Polar Biology. 2013:1-17. Abstract

Frie, A. K., Hammill, M. O., Hauksson, E., Lind, Y., Lockyer, C., Stenman, O., & Svetocheva, O. (2013). Error patterns in age estimation and tooth readability assignment of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus): results from a transatlantic, image-based, blind-reading study using known-age animals. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil. 70(2), 418-430. Full-Text

Galatius, A., Bossi, R., Sonne, C., Rigét, F. F., Kinze, C. C., Lockyer, C., Teilmann, J., & Dietz, R. (2013). PFAS profiles in three North Sea top predators: metabolic differences among species? Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-8. Abstract

Glover, K.A., Kanda, N., Haug, T., Pastene, L.A., Øien, N., Seliussen, B.B., Sørvik, A.G., Skaug, H.J. (2013) Hybrids between common and Antarctic minke whales are fertile and can back-cross. BMC Genetics. 14:25  Full-Text

Hammond, P. S., Macleod, K., Berggren, P., Borchers, D. L., Burt, L., Cañadas, A., Desportes, G., Donovan, G., Gilles, A., Gillespie, D., Gordon, J., Hiby, L, Kuklik, I, Leaper, R., Lehnert, K., Leopold, M., Lovell, P., Øien, N., Paxton, C., Ridoux, V., Rogan, E., Samarra, F., Scheidat, M., Sequiera, M., Siebert, U., Skov, H., Swift, R., Tasker, M., Teilmann, J., Canneyt, O. & Vázquez, J. A. (2013). Cetacean abundance and distribution in European Atlantic shelf waters to inform conservation and management. Biological Conservation. 164:107-122. Full-Text

Heide-Jørgensen, M.P., Hansen, R.G., Nielsen, N.H. and Rasmussen, M. 2013. The significance of the North Water polynyas to Arctic top predators. Ambio.42(5):596-610. Abstract

Heide-Jørgensen, M. P., Richard, P. R., Dietz, R. and Laidre, K. L. (2013). A metapopulation model for Canadian and West Greenland narwhals. Animal Conservation. 16:331–343. doi: 10.1111/acv.12000 Abstract

Hindell, M. A., Lydersen, C., Hop, H., & Kovacs, K. M. (2012). Pre-partum diet of adult female bearded seals in years of contrasting ice conditions. PloS one. 7(5), e38307. Full Text

Iversen, M., Aars, J., Haug, T., Alsos, I. G., Lydersen, C., Bachmann, L., & Kovacs, K. M. (2013). The diet of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Svalbard, Norway, inferred from scat analysis. Polar Biology. 1-11. PDF

Lydersen, C., Øien, N., Mikkelsen, B., Bober, S., Fisher, D., & Kovacs, K. M. (2013). A white humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Atlantic Ocean, Svalbard, Norway, August 2012. Polar Research. 32. Full Text HTML

Merkel, B., Lydersen, C., Yoccoz, N. G., & Kovacs, K. M. (2013). The World’s Northernmost Harbour Seal Population–How Many Are There? PloS one. 8(7):e67576. Full Text

McKinney, M. A., Iverson, S. J., Fisk, A. T., Sonne, C., Rigét, F. F., Letcher, R. J., Arts, M. T., Born, E. W., Rosing-Asvid, A. and Dietz, R. (2013). Global change effects on the long-term feeding ecology and contaminant exposures of East Greenland polar bears. Global Change Biology. 19(8): 2360–2372. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12241 Abstract

Øigård, T. A., Lindstrøm, U., Haug, T., Nilssen, K. T., & Smout, S. (2013). Functional relationship between harp seal body condition and available prey in the Barents Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 484:287-301. Abstract

Roth, S. J., Tischer, B. K., Kovacs, K. M., Lydersen, C., Osterrieder, N., & Tryland, M. (2013). Phocine herpesvirus 1 (PhHV-1) in harbor seals from Svalbard, Norway. Veterinary microbiology. 164(3-4):286-292 Abstract

Sutherland, D. A., F. Straneo, G. B. Stenson, F. J. M. Davidson, M. O. Hammill, and A. Rosing-Asvid (2013). Atlantic water variability on the SE Greenland continental shelf and its relationship to SST and bathymetry. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans. 118(2):847–855. DOI:10.1029/2012JC008354. Abstract

Villanger, Gro D., Kristin M. Gabrielsen, Kit M. Kovacs, Christian Lydersen, Elisabeth Lie, Mahin Karimi, Eugen G. Sørmo, and Bjørn M. Jenssen. 2013. Effects of complex organohalogen contaminant mixtures on thyroid homeostasis in hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) mother–pup pairs. Chemosphere. 92(7):828-842. Abstract

Williams, R., Vikingsson, G. A., Gislason, A., Lockyer, C., New, L., Thomas, L., & Hammond, P. S. (2013). Evidence for density-dependent changes in body condition and pregnancy rate of North Atlantic fin whales over four decades of varying environmental conditions. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du ConseilFull Text

Witting, L. 2013. Selection-delayed population dynamics in baleen whales and beyond. Pop. Ecol. 55(2):377-401. DOI: 10.1007/s10144-013-0370-9 Abstract


Alter, S.E., H.C. Rosenbaum, L.D. Postma, P. Whitridge, C. Gaines, D. Weber, M.G. Egan, M. Lindsay, G. Amato, L. Dueck, R.L. Brownell, M.P. Heide-Jørgensen. K.L. Laidre, G. Caccone, B. L. Hancock. 2012. Gene flow on ice: the role of sea ice and whaling in shaping Holarctic genetic diversity and population differentiation in bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus). Ecology and Evolution. 2(11):2895-2911 doi: 10.1002/ece3.397 Full Text

Auðunsson, G. A., & Víkingsson, G. A. (2012). Trace elements and organic contaminants in tissues of minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorotstrata) and its feed from Icelandic waters. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica. 54(Suppl 1):S10. Abstract

Bloch, D., Desportes, G., Harvey, P., Lockyer, C., & Mikkelsen, B. (2012). Life History of Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus)(G. Cuvier, 1812) in the Faroe Islands. Aquatic Mammals. 38(3): 250-266. Abstract

Christiansen, F., Víkingsson, G. A., Rasmussen, M. H., & Lusseau, D. (2013). Minke whales maximise energy storage on their feeding grounds. The Journal of experimental biology. 216(3):427-436. PDF

Citta, John J., Lori T. Quakenbush, John C. George, Robert J. Small, Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen, Harry Brower, Billy Adams, and Lewis Brower. (2012) Winter movements of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) in the Bering Sea. Arctic. 65(1): 13-34. PDF

Foote, A. D., Vester, H., Víkingsson, G. A., & Newton, J. (2012). Dietary variation within and between populations of northeast Atlantic killer whales,Orcinus orca, inferred from δ13C and δ15N analyses. Marine Mammal Science.28(4):E472-E485. Abstract

Frie, A.K., Stenson, G.B., Haug, T. (2012) Long-term trends in reproductive and demographic parameters of female Northwest Atlantic hooded seals (Cystophora cristata): population responses to ecosystem change? Can. J. Zool. 90(3):376-392, 10.1139/z11-140  Abstract

Frie, Anne K., Kjell-Arne Fagerheim, Mike O. Hammill, Finn O. Kapel, Christina Lockyer, Garry B. Stenson, Aqqalu Rosing-Asvid, and Vladislav Svetochev. Error patterns in age estimation of harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandicus): results from a transatlantic, image-based, blind-reading experiment using known-age teeth. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil. 68(9): 1942-1953. PDF

Freitas C, Kovacs KM, Andersen M, Aars J, Sandven S, Skern-Mauritzen M, Pavlova O, Lydersen C. (2012) Importance of fast ice and glacier fronts for female polar bears and their cubs during spring in Svalbard, Norway. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.447:289-304 doi:10.3354/meps09516 Abstract

Garde, E., Heide-Jørgensen, M. P., Ditlevsen, S., & Hansen, S. H. (2012). Aspartic acid racemization rate in narwhal (Monodon monoceros) eye lens nuclei estimated by counting of growth layers in tusks. Polar Research. 31. Full Text HTML

Huber, Sandra, Lutz Ahrens, Bård-Jørgen Bårdsen, Ursula Siebert, Jan Ove Bustnes, Gísli A. Víkingsson, Ralf Ebinghaus, and Dorte Herzke. (2012) Temporal trends and spatial differences of perfluoroalkylated substances in livers of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) populations from Northern Europe, 1991–2008. Science of the Total Environment. 419:216-224. Abstract

Kovacs, K. M., Aguilar, A., Aurioles, D., Burkanov, V., Campagna, C., Gales, N., Gelatt, T., Goldsworthy, S., Goodman, S., Hofmeyr, G., Härkönen, T., Lowry, L., Lydersen, C., Schipper, J., Sipilä, T., Southwell, C., Stuart, S., Thompson, D. & Trillmich, F. (2012). Global threats to pinnipeds. Marine Mammal Science.28(2):414-436. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2011.00479.x  Abstract

Leclerc, L. M. E., Lydersen, C., Haug, T., Bachmann, L., Fisk, A. T., & Kovacs, K. M. (2012). A missing piece in the Arctic food web puzzle? Stomach contents of Greenland sharks sampled in Svalbard, Norway. Polar biology. 35(8):1197-1208. Abstract

Lydersen, C., Chernook, V. I., Glazov, D. M., Trukhanova, I. S., & Kovacs, K. M. (2012). Aerial survey of Atlantic walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) in the Pechora Sea, August 2011. Polar biology. 35(10):1555-1562. Abstract

Lydersen, C., Freitas, C., Wiig, O., Bachmann, L., Heide-Jorgensen, M. P., Swift, R., & Kovacs, K. M. (2012). Lost highway not forgotten: satellite tracking of a bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) from the critically endangered Spitsbergen stock. Arctic. 65:76-86. Abstract

Moore, Sue E., Kathleen M. Stafford, Humfrey Melling, Catherine Berchok, Øystein Wiig, Kit M. Kovacs, Christian Lydersen, and Jackie Richter-Menge. (2012) Comparing marine mammal acoustic habitats in Atlantic and Pacific sectors of the High Arctic: year-long records from Fram Strait and the Chukchi Plateau. Polar biology. 35(3): 475-480. PDF

Nielsen, N. H., Garde, E., Heide‐Jørgensen, M. P., Lockyer, C. H., Ditlevsen, S., Òlafsdóttir, D., & Hansen, S. H. (2012). Application of a novel method for age estimation of a baleen whale and a porpoise. Marine Mammal Science. 29(2):E1-E23  Abstract

Øigård, T. A., Frie, A. K., Nilssen, K. T., & Hammill, M. O. (2012). Modelling the abundance of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) along the Norwegian coast. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil. 69(8):1436-1447. Abstract

Pampoulie, Christophe, Ólafsdóttir, G., Hauksdóttir, S., Skírnisdóttir, S., Ólafsson, K., Magnusdóttir, S., Chosson, V., Halldórsson, S.D., Ólafsdóttir, D., Gunnlaugsson, T., Daníelsdóttir, A.K., and Víkingsson, G. (2012) A note on a mother-foetus pair and alleged father match in the Atlantic fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) off Iceland.  J. Cetacean Res. Manage. 12(3):341-343. PDF

Rasmussen, M. H., Akamatsu, T., Teilmann, J., & Vikingsson, G. (2012). Biosonar, diving and movements of two tagged white-beaked dolphin in Icelandic waters. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 89:97–105. Abstract

Rotander, Anna, Bert van Bavel, Frank Rigét, Guðjón Atli Auðunsson, Anuschka Polder, Geir Wing Gabrielsen, Gísli Víkingsson, Bjarni Mikkelsen, and Maria Dam. (2012). Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) in sub-Arctic and Arctic marine mammals, 1986–2009. Environmental Pollution 164:118-124. Abstract

Rotander, Anna, Bert van Bavel, Anuschka Polder, Frank Rigét, Guðjón Atli Auðunsson, Geir Wing Gabrielsen, Gísli Víkingsson, Dorete Bloch, and Maria Dam. (2012) Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in marine mammals from Arctic and North Atlantic regions, 1986–2009. Environment international. 40:102-109. Abstract

Rotander, A., van Bavel, B., Rigét, F., Auðunsson, G. A., Polder, A., Gabrielsen, G. W., Vikingsson, G., Mikkelsen, B. & Dam, M. (2012). Methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (MeO-PBDEs) are major contributors to the persistent organobromine load in sub-Arctic and Arctic marine mammals, 1986–2009. Science of the Total Environment. 416:482-489. Abstract

Stafford, Kathleen M., Sue E. Moore, Catherine L. Berchok, Øystein Wiig, Christian Lydersen, Edmond Hansen, Dirk Kalmbach, and Kit M. Kovacs. (2012) Spitsbergen's endangered bowhead whales sing through the polar night. Endangered Species Research. 18(2):95-103. PDF