Scientific Publications from NAMMCO 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.

Heide‐Jørgensen, M. P., Hansen, R. G., Fossette, S., Nielsen, N. H., Borchers, D. L., Stern, H., & Witting, L. (2016). Rebuilding beluga stocks in West Greenland. Animal Conservation. doi:

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:

Monteiro, Sílvia S., José V. Vingada, Alfredo López, Graham J. Pierce, Marisa Ferreira, Andrew Brownlow, Bjarni Mikkelsen et al. “Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class II sequence polymorphism in long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) from the North Atlantic.” Marine Biology Research 12, no. 6 (2016): 595-607.

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.

Sinding, M. H. S., Tervo, O. M., Grønnow, B., Gulløv, H. C., Toft, P. A., Bachmann, L., … & Olsen, M. T. (2016). Sex determination of baleen whale artefacts: Implications for ancient DNA use in zooarchaeology. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 10, 345-349.

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:

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