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Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

Edited by James Estes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248847
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933200 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248847.001.0001
Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

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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 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, this book 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.

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

Book.  418 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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Introduction in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

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Whales, Interaction Webs, and Zero-Sum Ecology in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

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When Ecological Pyramids Were Upside Down in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

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A Taxonomy of World Whaling in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

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The History of Whales Read from DNA in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

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