Conference Schedule

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14:00-17:00 Communicate your findings to the general public for early-career scientists

9:00-13:00 ​​​​​Long Term Ecological data series in cetaceans: essential but challenging!

13:00-20:00 Arts as a tool for communicating marine mammal science to the general public 8.2

08:45 - 13:00

ECS - First day

09:00 - 09:30


Chairperson: ECS Chair, Joan Gonzalvo

09:30 - 10:15

Opening keynote lecture: Marine mammals’ conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean - Are we on the right path?

Dr. Mia Roditi-Elasar

Chairperson: Aviad Scheinin

10:15 - 10:30

Are we on the right path? A plea for mindful conservation

Fabian Ritter

Chairperson: Aviad Scheinin

10:30 - 11:00

Conservation status of single species' populations

Chairperson: Aviad Scheinin

Forty years of killer whale research in Iceland: the importance of long-term studies
Filipa Samarra

Challenges and perspectives in the conservation of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the northern South China Sea
Agathe Serres

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15

Threats I - contamination & climate change

Chairperson: Frank Zanderink

Xenobiotic exposure and environmental stress associated cellular and molecular alterations in the skin of the Mediterranean fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus).
Anna laura Mancia

First ecotoxicological insights from the critically endangered population of Mediterranean monk seals, Monachus monachus, from Madeira Archipelago (NE Atlantic)
Ashlie McIvor

You are what you eat: contaminant variability in New Zealand killer whales (Orcinus orca)
Karen Stockin

12:15 - 13:00

Threats I - contamination & climate change (Continued)

Chairperson: Frank Zanderink

The Plastic Busters MPAs project: new methodology to detect the impact of microplastics and related plastic additives in cetaceans of the SPAMI Pelagos Sanctuary
Maria Cristina Fossi

On the rise: climate change will cause New Zealand indicator species to seek higher latitudes
Katharina J Peters

Clash on the high-seas: the rise and fall of deep-diving cetaceans in an oceanic environment
Marc Fernandez

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

Poster session: 001-027

14:30 - 15:25

Short talks - Threats II

Chairperson: Danny Morick

Stay behind, not high above - underwater noise levels of three drones measured at various horizontal and verticals distances
Amelie Laute

Toxicological assessment of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)
Lorenzo Minoia

Estimating the population size of Tursiops truncatus using signature whistles in a hotspot of summer tourism
Margalida Cerdà

Assessment of bycatch level for the Black Sea harbour porpoise in the light of new data on population abundance
Dimitar Popov

SARS-CoV-2 in marine mammals: survey results on the potential viral susceptibility in cetaceans stranded along the Italian coastline
Tania Audino

The application of area/time thresholds to manage noise impacts in UK harbour porpoise SACs
Ophélie Humphrey

Is haul-out behaviour of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) influenced by tourist activities? / From mass extinction to tourist attraction - but how do the seals respond to the attention?
Emilie Stepien

The inner Ionian Sea archipelago: a stronghold for the Mediterranean monk seal in urgent need of conservation action.
Joan Gonzalvo

Canceled - Determining which regions of European waters exhibit the highest risk for harbour porpoise from marine pollutants
Matthew Saunders

Heavy metal concentrations in Grey Seals from the Southern Baltic Sea during population recovery
Léon Rostock

Combining onsite conservation efforts and research: a team dedicated to promoting best dolphin-watching practices while studying its impacts on spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in Reunion Island, Western Indian Ocean
Anne Emmanuelle Landes

15:25 - 15:40

Short talks - Miscellaneous

Chairperson: Danny Morick

Is the Red Sea northern Gulf of Eilat a hotspot for solitary-social dolphins? Case studies of 5 individuals over the last three decades
Oz Goffman

Legislative feasibility of unoccupied aerial vehicle usage for environmental surveys in the ACCOBAMS region
Ori Galili

First documented alive stranding of a Steno bredanensis in Salamina Island, Aegean Sea, Greece
Anastasia Komnenou

15:40 - 16:25

Threats III - Bycatch

Chairperson: Daphna Feingold

Mapping risk of bycatch for cetacean species regularly occurring in Northwest Europe
Peter Evans

Testing deterrent devices to reduce depredation and bycatch of cetaceans in
Southern Portuguese coastal fisheries

Ana Marçalo

Multi-tiers diagnostic framework for cetacean-fishery interaction assessment
on stranded cetaceans.

Guido Pietroluongo

16:25 - 16:55

Coffee break

16:55 - 17:55

Threats IV - Miscellaneous

Chairperson: Daphna Feingold

The anthropause in Sarasota Bay, Florida: comparing the marine soundscape
before and during the COVID-19 lockdown

Emma Longden

Ship strikes of fin whales in the north-east Atlantic: identifying hotspots and
simulating mitigation measures

James Robbins

A real-time forecasting system to mitigate the risk of collision between whales
and commercial vessels

Marine Randon

Cultural tipping points in whaling and fishing nations amid social and
environmental change

Russell Fielding

09:00 - 13:00

ECS - Second day

09:00 - 09:45

keynote lecture: The need to use research knowledge of marine mammals on international level to achieve protection

Professor Ursula Siebert

Chairperson: Mia Roditi-Elasar

09:45 - 10:45

Distribution & habitat modelling I

Chairperson: Mia Roditi-Elasar

Beluga whales and narwhals in the Franz Josef Land archipelago waters (Russia)
Olga V. Shpak

The importance of long-term monitoring of cetaceans in the data deficient
regions of the Mediterranean Sea

Aylin Akkaya

Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Ligurian sea: preliminary study on acoustics demonstrates their regular occurrence in Autumn
Laura Pintore

Spring summer southwards migration of fin whales in the Mediterranean
Blanca Feliu

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:10

Short talks - Distribution & habitat modelling II

Chairperson: Mario Acquarone

Ecology and ranging movements of Risso's dolphins in coastal waters of western British Isles
Diksha Mandlik

Fantastic sperm whales and where to find them: habitat preference of sperm whales in the Azores
Inês Coelho

Endangered common dolphins of the Istanbul Strait: fine scale distributions and encounter rates
Tim Awbery

Distribution of cetaceans based on a citizen science approach in the Cyclades region, Greece
Kimon Koemtzopoulos

Occurrence of long-finned pilot whales and killer whales in Icelandic coastal waters and their interspecific interactions
Anna Selbmann

Environmental drivers of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Distribution in the Irish Sea
Leonie Lepple

Temporal patterns of Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus) groups off Pico Island
Arianna Fornaroli

Azorean waters as a migratory corridor for baleen whales
Rui Peres dos Santos

Sperm whales in Macaronesia: Unveiling site fidelity and residency patterns in an insular oceanic system
Rita Ferreira

Spatiotemporal distribution and habitat requirements of teutophagous cetacean species around SÃo Miguel (Azores): Can opportunistic data be used to study the overlap of ecological niches?
Marc Ruiz-i-Sagalés

Geographical movements, site fidelity and connectivity of killer whales (Orcinus orca) within and outside herring (Clupea harengus) grounds in Icelandic coastal waters.
Tatiana Marchon

12:10 - 12:55

Distribution & habitat modelling III

Chairperson: Mario Acquarone

Distribution and association of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus)
with habitat characteristics in Brazil

Emma Deeks

Connectivity patterns of cetaceans in the oceanic island's syst of Macaronesia inferred from photo-ID and biotelemetry: how much do we know?
Filipe Alves

Spatio-temporal patterns in acoustic biodiversity and distribution of marine mammals in Fram Strait, based on passive acoustic monitoring
Linnea Pankoke

12:55 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

Poster session: 028-054

14:30 - 15:30

Short Talks - Biology I (feeding, genetics, abundance, social, anatomy, physiology)

Chairperson: Jonas Teilmann

Mediterranean monk seal, a sign of hope: increased birth numbers and enlarged terrestrial habitat
Aliki Panou

Fatty acids composition in blubber tissue of two odontocete species (Tursiops truncatus and Globicephala macrorhynchus) in NE Atlantic
Annalisa Sambolino

Each patch tells a story: population estimates, distribution, and fisheries dependence from the Mediterranean bottlenose dolphin population in the northwestern Catalan waters
Carla A. Chicote

Histomorphological stratification of blubber of three dolphin species from the KwaZuluNatal coast, South Africa
Stephanie Plön a new public tool for hearing physiology data
Michael Dähne

Abundance of Cuvier's beaked whales in the Hellenic Trench and Ionian Basin: results from aerial surveys in spring 2021
Simone Panigada

Investigation of fine-scale population structure and genetic diversity of the Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) across the eastern North Atlantic
Marc-Alexander Gose

Multi-species feeding association dynamics driven by a large generalist predator
Julia Gostischa

Insights into the respiratory and gastrointestinal microbiome of odontocetes stranded along the Tyrrhenian coastline
Caterina Raso

First observations of a mouth-breathing bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Jeroen Hofs

Improvement of knowledge on the Mediterranean monk seal sub-population in the central Ionian Sea, Greece, using photo-identification
Luigi Bundone

15:30 - 16:30

Biology II

Chairperson: Jonas Teilmann

Abundance and trends of cetaceans across the Italian seas between 2009 and 2021: a contribution towards MSFD criteria
Giancarlo Lauriano

Cracking code: using metabarcoding to analyse the diet of seals (Phoca vitulina; Halichoerus grypus) from the southern North Sea.
Eileen Heße

Seasonal variation and temporal stability in the social network of Icelandic herring-eating killer whales
Eilidh O'Brien

First evidence of grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) predation on a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) in the German Baltic Sea
Linda Westphal

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee break

17:00 - 18:15

Biology III

Chairperson: Dan Kerem

On the verge of extinction: what can be done to save the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in Israel?
Yaly Mevorach

First comprehensive density and abundance estimates of cetaceans in the Black Sea through aerial surveys
Romulus Marian Paiu

No local cuisines for humpback whales: a population comparison in the Southern Hemisphere
Jasmin Groß

The Pitcairn Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean established as a breeding and calving grounds for the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Terence Dawson

Validation of quantitative fatty acid signature analysis for estimating the diet composition of free-ranging killer whales
Anaïs Remili

09:00 - 13:00

ECS - Last day

09:00 - 09:45

keynote lecture: Marine mammal conservation physiology: do we model the right things at the desk and measure the right things at sea?

Professor Peter T. Madsen

Chairperson: Joan Gonzalvo

09:45 - 11:00

New Techniques I

Chairperson: Joan Gonzalvo

A tool to improve management under climate change scenarios: using expert knowledge to estimate cetaceans thermal suitability in the future
Andreia Sousa

Accommodating species misidentification errors in drone-based abundance surveys
Eyal Bigal

Simultaneous drone and tag data suggest that bubble-nets are tools used by solitary foraging humpback whales to improve foraging efficiency
Andy Szabo

Is the 'Dinner Bell' causing erroneous data in seal-fish predation studies?A harbour seal/brown trout case
Jonas Teilmann

Development of a mass spectrometry method capable of detecting and quantifying a panel of steroid hormones in right whale blow
Andrew John Wright

11:00 - 11:35

Coffee Break

11:35 - 12:00

Short Talks - New Techniques II

Chairperson: Eyal Bigal

Sperm whale habitat use in Irish offshore waters using an innovative Bayesian modelling framework
Cynthia Barile

Anatomical network as a tool for studies of evolution of marine mammal skeleton
Pavel Gol'din

Assessing the feasibility and suitability of using a commercially available autonomous acoustic recorder, the SoundTrap 300HF, to conduct passive acoustic monitoring for cetaceans and noise from an underwater glider
Morgane Pommier

Characterization of extracellular vesicle from two cetaceans cell lines
Cinzia Centelleghe

Scar diminishment on dolphins vary with natural salinities: Implications for reliability of photo-identification
Dara Orbach

12:00 - 13:00

New Techniques III

Chairperson: Eyal Bigal

Drivers of change in social networks of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Cardigan Bay, Wales
Sophie Thomson

Using expert opinion to highlight how we can achieve effective and ethical management at cetacean stranding events
Rebecca M Boys

Sei whale acoustic occurrence in the Gulf of Corcovado (Chile) detected through convolutional neural networks
Florence Erbs

Short-term versus long-term strategies for studying rare cetaceans: lessons from a long-term study of Hawaiian odontocetes
Robin Baird

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

poster session: 055-082

14:30 - 18:00

ECS Annual General Meeting