Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems
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This unprecedented 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. Innovative and comprehensive, the volume 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 modeling, and historical data, its chapters present perspectives from ecology, population biology, physiology, genetics, evolutionary history, ocean biogeography, economics, culture, and law, among other disciplines. Throughout, contributors investigate how whaling fundamentally disrupted ocean ecosystems, examine the various roles whales play in food webs, and discuss the continuing ecological chain reactions to the depletion of these large animals. In addition to reviewing what is known of the current and historic whale populations, "Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems" considers how this knowledge will bear on scientific approaches to conservation and whaling in the future and provocatively asks whether it is possible to restore ocean ecosystems to their pre-whaling condition.

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  • Hardback | 418 pages
  • 213.4 x 276.9 x 30.5mm | 1,179.35g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 7 b/w photographs, 108 line illustrations, 37 maps, 37 tables
  • 0520248848
  • 9780520248847
  • 1,009,865

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James A. Estes is Research Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is coeditor of Community Ecology of Sea Otters. Douglas P. DeMaster is Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Daniel F. Doak and Terrie M. Williams are Professors of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Doak is coauthor of Quantitative Conservation Biology and Williams is author of The Hunter's Breath: On Expedition with the Weddell Seals of the Antarctic. Robert L. Brownell is Senior Scientist with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

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"A must read for anyone interested in the ecology of whales, this timely and creative volume is sure to stimulate new research for years to come." - Annalisa Berta, San Diego State University"

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"A must read for anyone interested in the ecology of whales, this timely and creative volume is sure to stimulate new research for years to come."Annalisa Berta, San Diego State University"

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