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Antarctic Seals : Research Methods and Techniques - R. M. Laws

Antarctic Seals

Research Methods and Techniques

By: R. M. Laws (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521443029
Number Of Pages: 416

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Despite its remote and seemingly rigorous environment, the Antarctic is the world's most important habitat for seals, currently supporting more seals than all other parts of the world combined. As various national Antarctic programmes were established to study these animals, the need to standardize techniques became apparent. This book, arising from work by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (Group of Specialists on Seals), gives a detailed account of well-tried and, where possible, agreed methodologies, techniques, procedures and rationale for the collection and initial analysis of data on the biology and population ecology of Antarctic seals. This volume will not only help facilitate comparisons between different regions of Antarctica, but will also provide a guide for those studying seals in other parts of the world and those carrying out research on other large mammal species.

"...clearly written for seal scientists, but a scholar interested in seals or seal research will find the book informative." T.L. Hufford, Choice "...a handbook of methods and techniques to be used as a guide in the study of antarctic seals..this comprehensive volume will serve as a valuable reference not only for those studying seals in the Antarctic, but also worldwide...I found the volume very well edited...the line drawings, figures, and tables were clear and informative... I like this book, not only because it brings together a wide range of topics and contains a wealth of information relating to the methods and techniques involved in seal research, but also because it identifies research needs and areas where technology needs to be developed. The SCAR Group of Specialists on Seals, Dr. Laws, and all the authors should share a sense of great satisfaction in the production of this volume. It will be of primary interest to all those who study seals whether they are professional biologists or students." Marine Mammal Science

Preface
Introduction
Identification of species
Estimation of population sizes
Immobilization and capture
Marking techniques and programmes
Telemetry and electronic technology
Behaviour
Killing methods
Morphometrics, specimen collection and preservation
Genetic based studies for stock separation
Collection of material for determination of organochlorine and heavy metal levels
Age determination
Reproduction
Diet
Bioenergetics
Development of technology and research needs
Appendices
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521443029
ISBN-10: 0521443024
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 29th October 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.78