Simon D. Berrow

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The relationship between trophic position through delta13C and delta15N and trace metal concentrations (Zn, Cd, Cu and Hg) was investigated in the tissues of six marine mammal species from the Northeast Atlantic: striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, common dolphin, Delphinus delphis, Atlantic white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus, harbour porpoise(More)
Despite no obvious barrier to gene flow, historical environmental processes and ecological specializations can lead to genetic differentiation in highly mobile animals. Ecotypes emerged in several large mammal species as a result of niche specializations and/or social organization. In the North-West Atlantic, two distinct bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops(More)
The influence of two sampling protocols on diet determination of two marine predators, the gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) and Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella), was investigated. The collection of diet samples on three occasions over a 2-week period was compared with collecting all samples during a single session, as current CCAMLR Ecosystem(More)
RATIONALE Stable isotope values (δ(13)C and δ(15)N) of darted skin and blubber biopsies can shed light on habitat use and diet of cetaceans, which are otherwise difficult to study. Non-dietary factors affect isotopic variability, chiefly the depletion of (13)C due to the presence of (12)C-rich lipids. The efficacy of post hoc lipid-correction models(More)
Organochlorine (OC) pesticides and the more persistent polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have well-established dose-dependent toxicities to birds, fish and mammals in experimental studies, but the actual impact of OC pollutants on European marine top predators remains unknown. Here we show that several cetacean species have very high mean blubber PCB(More)
When mammals strand, they present a unique opportunity to obtain insights into their ecology. In May 2013, three True's beaked whales (two adult females and a female calf) stranded on the north and west coasts of Ireland and the contents of their stomachs and intestines were analysed for anthropogenic debris. A method for identifying microplastics ingested(More)
S.D. Berrow *, B. Mchugh , D. Glynn , E. Mcgovern , K.M. Parsons , R.W. Baird , S.K. Hooker e a Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation, Merchants Quay, Co. Clare, Kilrush, Ireland b Marine Institute, Abbotstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Ireland c Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB9 2TN, UK d Department of Biology,(More)
The Shannon Estuary is home to Ireland’s only known resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and is designated as a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) for this species. Proper conservation management of these dolphins requires an understanding of the social structure of this population. Four years of photoidentification(More)
Amongst seabirds, albatrosses are renowned for their complex visual and vocal displays with behavioural repertoires tending to be most complex in large, long-lived species (Warham 1996, Tickell 2000). The elaborate courtship display of the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans was first noted by Matthews (1929) and Murphy (1936) but has only recently been(More)
Tape recordings of two types of vocalisations were used to assess burrow occupancy by white-chinned petrels (Procellaria aequinoctialis) at South Georgia. Birds responded to the rattle call on 74% of occasions and a wheezy call on 85%, with only 10% failing to respond to both calls played one after the other. Occupancy was determined throughout the pre-egg(More)