Publications List

Scientific publications, reports and book chapters by members of the MCR team, and from Marine Conservation Research/Song of the Whale team projects and collaborations

McClellan, C.M., Brereton, T., Dell’Amico, F., Johns, D., Cucknell. A.C., Patrick, S., Penrose, R., Ridoux. V., Solant, J-L., Stephan, E., Votier, S., Williams, R. & Godley, B. U., 2014. Understanding the distribution of marine megafauna in a human activity hotspot. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89720. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089720.

Leaper, R., Renilson, M. & Ryan, C. 2014. Reducing underwater noise from large commercial ships: current status and future directions. Journal of Ocean Technology,9(1):65-83 .

Ryan, C., Craig, D., Lopez-Suárez, P., Berrow, S.D., Vazquez-Perez, J. & O’Connor, I. 2014. Distribution and relative abundance of poorly studied humpback whales in Boa Vista, Cape Verde Islands. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 13(2):175-180.

Ryan, C., Boisseau, O., Cucknell, A., Romagosa, M., Moscrop, A. & McLanaghan, R. 2013. Final report for trans-Atlantic research passages between the UK and USA via the Azores and Iceland, conducted from R/V Song of the Whale 26 March to 28 September 2012. Report to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Pp 19.

Cucknell, A., Boisseau, O., Romagosa, M., Ryan, C., Leaper, R. & Moscrop, A. 2013. Final report for a cetacean research project in Iceland conducted from R/V Song of the Whale July to September 2012. Report to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Pp 21.

Cucknell, A., Ryan, C., Romagosa, M., Boisseau, O., Moscrop, A. & McLanaghan, R. 2013. Report of a passive acoustic survey for cetaceans over Portuguese submarine canyons conducted from R/V Song of the Whale. Report to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Pp 12.

MCR. 2013. Final report for a survey of cetaceans in the eastern Great Australian Bight 26th April – 8th May 2013. Report prepared for IFAW: 46 pp.

MCR. 2013. Final report describing measurements of ship noise taken from R/V Song of the Whale in Faxaflói in August 2012. Report prepared for IFAW: 15 pp.

Barry, S.B., Cucknell, A.C. & Clark, N. 2012. A direct comparison of bottlenose dolphin and common dolphin behaviour during seismic surveys when air guns are and are not being utilized.  The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 730: 273-276.

MCR, 2012. Final report for a survey for harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) of the Dogger Bank and southern North Sea conducted from R/V Song of the Whale 7th – 24th November 2011. Report prepared for IFAW: 19 pp.

MCR. 2012. Final report for a survey of cetaceans in the Azores, Portugal, conducted from R/V Song of the Whale 5th April – 8th May 2012. Report prepared for IFAW: 25 pp.

Kerem, D., Hadar, N., Goffman, O., Scheinin, A., Kent, R., Boisseau, O. & Schattner, U. 2012. Update on the Cetacean Fauna of the Mediterranean Levantine Basin. Open Marine Biology Journal 6: 6-27.

MCR. 2011. Final Report for an Acoustic Survey of Beaked Whales Conducted from R/V Song of the Whale in the Rockall Trough, September to October 2010 and March 2011. Report prepared for IFAW, 22 pp.

MCR. 2011. Final Report for a Survey for Harbour Porpoises Conducted from R/V Song of the Whale in French and British waters of the English Channel, May to June 2011. Report prepared for IFAW, 23 pp.

MCR. 2011. Final Report Describing Measurements of Ship Noise Taken from R/V Song of the Whale in the English Channel and the Hebrides in June and August 2011. Report prepared for IFAW, 21 pp.

Boisseau, O., Moscrop, A., Cucknell, A., McLanaghan, R., & Wall, D., 2011.  An acoustic survey for beaked whales in the Rockall Trough. IWC paper presented to the Scientific committee SC/63/SM2.

Lacey, C., Leaper, R., Moscrop, A., Gillespie, D., McLanaghan, R. & Brown, S. 2010. Photo-grammetric measurements of swimming speed and body length of basking sharks observed around the Hebrides, Scotland. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. UK 90: 361-366.

Boisseau, O., Lacey. C., Lewis, T., Matthews, J., Moscrop, A., Danbolt, M. & McLanaghan, R. 2010. Sighting rates from cetacean surveys in the Mediterranean Sea and contiguous regions. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 90: 1589-1599.

Leaper, R & Danbolt, M.  2008. Use of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) data to estimate patterns of shipping density for use in modelling collision risk with whales. Report of the Conservation Committee of the IWC (SC/60/BC), 8 pp.

Boisseau, O. J., Gillespie, D., Leaper, R. & Moscrop, A. 2008. Blue (Balaenoptera musculus) and fin (B. physalus) whale vocalisations measured from northern latitudes of the Atlantic Ocean. J. Cetacean Res. Manage. 10(1): 23-30.

Song of the Whale research team. 2007. Some results of cetacean surveys between 2003 and 2007 in the Mediterranean’s western and eastern basins. Information document presented to the third ACCOBAMS Meeting of Parties, Dubrovnik, 22-25th October 2007.

Boisseau, O., Matthews, J., Gillespie, D., Lacey, C., Moscrop, A. & El Ouamari, N. 2007. A visual and acoustic survey for harbour porpoises off North-West Africa: further evidence of a discrete population. African Journal of Marine Science 29(3): 403-410.

Lewis, T. Gillespie, D., Lacey, C., Matthews, J., Danbolt, M., Leaper, R., McLanaghan, R. & Moscrop. A. 2007. Sperm whale abundance estimates from acoustic surveys of the Ionian Sea and Straits of Sicily in 2003. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 87(1): 353-358.

Boisseau, O. Leaper, R. & Moscrop, A. 2006. Observations of small cetaceans in the Eastern Caribbean. Report presented to the Scientific Committee of the IWC, St. Kitts and Nevis, June 2006.

Southall, E. J., Sims, D. W., Metcalfe, J. D., Doyle, J. I., Fanshawe, S., Lacey, C., Shrimpton, J., Solandt, J-L. & Speedie, C. D. 2005. Spatial distribution patterns of basking sharks on the European sheld: preliminary comparison of satellite-tag geolocation, survey and public sightings data. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. UK. 85, 1083-1088.

Lewis, T. 2005. Estimation of g(0) in line-transect surveys of cetaceans: Acoustics – IFAW’s towed array system. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Estimation of G(0) in Line-transect surveys of cetaceans (Edited by Thomsen, F., Ugarte, F. and Evans, P.), 18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmården, Sweden. March 2004. Page 38.

Gillespie, D., Berggren, P., Brown, S., Kulik, I., Lacey, C., Lewis, T., Matthews, J, McLanaghan, R., Moscrop, A. & Tregenza, N. 2005. The relative abundance of harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena from acoustic and visual surveys in Baltic waters during 2001 and 2002. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 7(1): 51-57.

Gillespie, D. 2004. Detection and classification of right whale calls using an ‘edge’ detector operating on a smoothed spectrogram. Canadian Acoustics 32 (Special Issue on Detection and Localisation of Marine Mammals): 39-47

Matthews, J. 2004. Detection of frequency-modulated calls using a chirp model. Canadian Acoustics 32 (Special Issue on Detection and Localisation of Marine Mammals): 66-75.

Moscrop, A., Matthews, J., Gillespie, D., & Leaper, R. 2004. Development of passive acoustic monitoring systems for northern right whales. Canadian Acoustics 32 (Special Issue on Detection and Localisation of Marine Mammals): 17-22.

Song of the Whale Research Team, 2004. Results of 2003 Pilot Survey and Remarks on Proposed Basin-Wide Sperm Whale Survey. A report presented to the 2nd Meeting of Parties to ACCOBAMS, Palma de Mallorca, Nov 2004, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare Charitable Trust.

Gordon, J., Gillespie, D., Potter, J., Frantzis, A., Simmonds, M. P., Swift, R. & Thompson, D. 2003. A review of the effects of seismic surveys on marine mammals. Marine Technology Society Journal 37(4): 16-34.

Leaper, R., Gillespie, D., Gordon, J., & Matthews, J. 2003. Population assessment of sperm whales. Unpublished paper presented to the IWC.

Gillespie, D. & Chappell, O. 2002. An automatic system for detecting and classifying the vocalisations of harbour porpoises. Bioacoustics 13: 37-61.

Gillespie, D. & Moscrop, A. 2002. Military sonar and marine mammals. Report prepared for IFAW, London, 17 pp.

Ward, N, Moscrop, A & Carlson, C. 2001. The Distribution and Abundance of Cetaceans in the Wider Caribbean Region. A report to United Nations Environment Programme UNEP.

Gordon, J. 2001. Measuring the range to animals at sea from boats using photographic and video images. Journal of Applied Ecology 38(4): 879-887.

Matthews, J. N., Brown, S., Gillespie, D., Johnson, M., McLanaghan, R., Moscrop, A., Nowacek, D., Leaper, R., Lewis, T. & Tyack, P. 2001. Vocalisation rates of the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). Journal of Cetacean research and management 3: 271-282.

Gordon, J. C. D., Matthews, J. N., Panigada, S., Gannier, A., Borsani, J. F. & Notarbartolo di Sciara, G. 2000. Distribution and relative abundance of striped dolphins, and distribution of sperm whales in the Ligurian Sea cetacean sanctuary: results from a collaboration using acoustic monitoring techniques. J. Cetacean Res. Manage. 2(1): 27-39.

Boisseau, O. J., Prieto, R., Nicholson, D. & Gordon, J. C. D. 1999. An Atlantic cetacean survey using yachtsmen: a pilot study. Arquipelago 17: 101-107.

Moscrop, A., & Swift, R. 1999. Atlantic Frontier Cetaceans: Recent research on distribution, ecology and impacts . A Report to Greenpeace UK. February 1999.

Ward, N. & A. Moscrop.  1999. Marine mammals of the Wider Caribbean Region: A review of their conservation status.  UNEP (WATER)/CAR WG.22/ INF.7.

Gordon, J., Moscrop, A., Carlson, C., Ingram, S., Leaper, R., Matthews, J., & Young, K. 1998. Distribution, movements and residency of sperm whales off the Commonwealth of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean; Implications for the development and regulation of local whale watching industry. Reports of the International Whaling Commission 48:551-556.

Moscrop, A. 1997. Cetaceans of the Atlantic Frontier. A Report to Greenpeace UK.

Gordon, J. & Moscrop, A. 1997. Underwater Noise pollution and its Significance for Whales and Dolphins, Chapter  11. In: The conservation of whales and dolphins. Science and practice (edited by M.P. Simmonds and J.D. Hutchinson), Wiley.

Simmonds, M.S., Irish, R. & Moscrop, A. 1997. The Dolphin Agenda. A Report to WDCS, January 1997. ISBN 0951 907891.

Chappell, O. P., Leaper, R. & Gordon, J. 1996. Development and performance of an automated harbour porpoise click detector. Rep. Int. Whal. Commn. 46: 587-593.

Gillespie, D. & Leaper, R. 1996. Detection of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) clicks and discrimination of individual vocalisations. Eur. Res. Cetaceans: 87-91.

Gordon, J., Steiner, L. & Martins, H. 1995. Observations of fin whales (Balaenoptera Physalus L., 1758) around the Central North Atlantic Islands of the Azores and Maderia. Arquipelago: 79-84.

Moscrop, A. and Simmonds, M. 1994. The threats posed by Noise Pollution and Other Disturbances to the Health and Integrity of Cetacean Populations around the UK. A Report for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Bath, UK.

Leaper, R., Chappell, O. P. & Gordon, J. 1992. The development of practical techniques for surveying sperm whale populations acoustically. Rep. Int. Whal. Commn. 42: 549-559.