Sebastián P. Luque

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The period of maternal dependence is a time during which mammalian infants must optimise both their growth and the development of behavioural skills in order to successfully meet the demands of independent living. The rate and duration of maternal provisioning, post-weaning food availability and climatic conditions are all factors likely to influence the(More)
Marine mammals are typically poor indicators of point sources of environmental contaminants as a consequence of their often complex feeding ecologies and extensive movements, all of which mask the contributions of specific inputs. The release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by a military radar station into Saglek Bay, Labrador (Canada) has contaminated(More)
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) occur in the eastern Canadian Arctic during the open-water season, but their seasonal movements in Arctic waters and overall distribution are poorly understood. During August 2009, satellite transmitters were deployed onto two killer whales in Admiralty Inlet, Baffin Island, Canada. A whale tracked for 90 days remained in(More)
Zero offset correction of diving depth measured by time-depth recorders is required to remove artifacts arising from temporal changes in accuracy of pressure transducers. Currently used methods for this procedure are in the proprietary software domain, where researchers cannot study it in sufficient detail, so they have little or no control over how their(More)
Environmental constraints on life-history traits are expected to increase with seasonality in resources such as food and appropriate breeding habitat. Seasonality is highest at polar latitudes, where environmental constraints can be stronger than biotic factors, such as density and its effect on intraspecific competition. In this study, the age structure,(More)
Large-scale ocean-atmosphere physical dynamics can have profound impacts on the structure and organization of marine ecosystems. These changes have been termed “regime shifts”, and five different episodes have been detected in the North Pacific Ocean, with concurrent changes also occurring in the Bering and Beaufort Seas. Belugas from the Eastern Beaufort(More)
Infectious complications related to total parenteral nutrition (TPN) catheters were prospectively evaluated during a four-month period in a third level teaching hospital in which a protocol on parenteral nutrition is implemented. The study included 102 catheters inserted for a total of 1,448 days (mean 12.06 day/catheter). Local pain, redness, and fever(More)
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