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Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

James Estes

Abstract

This volume presents a sweeping picture of what we know about the natural history, biology, and ecology of whales in the broad context of the dynamics of ocean ecosystems. The book encompasses multiple points of view to consider the total ecological impact of industrial whaling on the world's oceans. Combining empirical research, ecological theory and modelling, and historical data, the chapters present perspectives from ecology, population biology, physiology, genetics, evolutionary history, ocean biogeography, economics, culture, and law, among other disciplines. Throughout, chapoters invest ... More

Keywords: whales, whaling, ocean ecosystems, industrial whaling, oceans, ocean biogeography, evolutionary history, ecology, population biology, physiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520248847
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248847.001.0001

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James Estes, editor

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One Introduction

JAMES A. ESTES

Background

Four When Ecological Pyramids Were Upside Down

JAMES A. ESTES, DOUGLASP DEMASTER, DANIEL F. DOAK, TERRIE M. WILLIAMS, and ROBERT L. BROWNELL JR

Whales and Whaling

Eight A Taxonomy of World Whaling

RANDALL R. REEVES, and TIM D. SMITH

Nine The History of Whales Read from DNA

STEPHEN R. PALUMBI, and JOE ROMAN

Eleven Industrial Whaling in the North Pacific Ocean 1952–1978

ERIC M. DANNER, MATTHEW J. KAUFFMAN, and ROBERT L. BROWNELL JR.

Thirteen The Natural History and Ecology of Killer Whales

LANCE G. BARRETT-LENNARD, and KATHY A. HEISE

Fourteen Killer Whales as Predators of Large Baleen Whales and Sperm Whales

RANDALL R. REEVES, JOEL BERGER, and PHILLIP J. CLAPHAM

Process and Theory

Sixteen Ecosystem Impact of the Decline of Large Whales in the North Pacific

DONALD A. CROLL, RAPHAEL KUDELA, and BERNIE R. TERSHY

Seventeen The Removal of Large Whales from the Southern Ocean

LISA T. BALLANCE, ROBERT L. PITMAN, ROGER P. HEWITT, DONALD B. SINIFF, WAYNE Z. TRIVELPIECE, PHILLIP J. CLAPHAM, and ROBERT L. BROWNELL JR

Twenty Legacy of Industrial Whaling

TREVOR A. BRANCH, and TERRIE M. WILLIAMS

Case Studies

TWENTY-THREE Gray Whales in the Bering and Chukchi Seas

RAYMOND C. HIGHSMITH, KENNETH O COYLE, BODIL A BLUHM, and BRENDA KONAR

SOCIAL CONTEXT

Overview and Synthesis

Thirty Whales Are Big and It Matters

PETER KAREIVA, CHRISTOPHER YUAN-FARRELL, and CASEY O’CONNOR

Thirty-One Retrospection and Review

J. A. ESTES, D. P. DEMASTER, R. L. BROWNELL JR, D. F. DOAK, and T. M. WILLIAMS

End Matter