Marine Ecosystems/Aquatic Environments
Marine mammals in a changing world
Jan-Olaf Meynecke1, Karen Stockin2, Kylie Scales3, Daniele Cagnazzi4
1Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. 2Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. 3University of Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, Australia. 4Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia
Marine mammals have long been recognised as key species´ in the marine environment which are highly mobile connecting all parts of the ocean. They cover vast areas of the oceans and are exposed to a wide range of changing environmental conditions to which they developed astonishing physical and behavioural adaptation. This symposium focuses on all marine mammals, conservation trends, population monitoring, genetic connectivity, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts with a particular interest to assess threats to marine mammals and assist in the prioritisation and implementation of management and conservation strategies.