Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM)


EG-BAMM Meeting, held at XXXIV SCAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 2016

acrobatMinutes of the EG-BAMM Meeting held on 21 August 2016


2016: The report from the second RAATD workshop, Delmenhorst, Germany, April 4-8 is available here on the EG-BAMM page.

2015: The Retrospective Analysis of the Antarctic Tracking Data (RAATD) project has taken a big step forward. A team of data crunchers and modelers met at a joint EG-BAMM and EG-ABI meeting in Brussels to compile and standardise the datasets on the one hand, and to start processing them and choose modeling options on the other. The meeting was hosted by the Belgian Science Policy Office in Brussels and was extremely successful: The project has now more than 2 million lines of data points from above 2000 individuals from 14 species of top predators covering almost all the Southern Ocean (see map attached). The detailed report can be found here on the EG-BAMM and EG-ABI webpages.

For those who have not yet shared their data with this project, it's not too late! Contact Mark and Yan if you're keen to have your dataset (Argos, GPS, GLS) added to this already impressive collection and help us determine the Ecologically Significant Areas of the Southern Ocean! The final products will be varied (including contributing to the dynamic Atlas)but we're initially aiming at a synthesis paper in a high profile journal.

Selected Publications from EGBAMM:

Xavier, J. C., Brandt, A., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Badhe, R., Gutt, J., Havermans, C., Jones, C., Costa, E. S., Lochte, K., Schloss, I. R., Kennicutt, C., & Sutherland, W. J. (2016). Future challenges in Southern Ocean life and ecology research. Frontiers in Marine Science DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00094

Kennicutt II, M. C., Chown, S. L., Cassano, J. J., Liggett, D., Massom, R., Peck, L. S., Rintoul, S. R., Storey, J., W. V., Vaughn, D. G.,Wilson, T. J., Allison, I., Ayton, J., Badhe, R., Baeseman, J., Barrett, P. J., Bell, R. E., Bertler, N., Bo, S., Brandt, A., Bromwich, D., Cary, C., Clark, M. S., Convey, P., Costa, E. S., Cowan, D., DeConto, R., Dunbar, R., Elfring, C., Escutia, C., Francis, J., Fricker, H. A., Fukuchi, M., Gilbert, N., Gutt, J., Havermans, C., Hik, D., Hosie, G., Jones, C., Kim, Y., Le Maho, Y., Lee, S., Leppe, M., Leichenkova, G., Li, X., Lipenkov, V., Lochte, K., López-Martínez, J., Lüdecke, C., Lyons, W. B., Marenssi, S., Miller, H., Morozova, P., Naish, T., Nayak, S., Ravindra, R., Retamales, J., Ricci, C. A., Rogan-Finnemore, M., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Samah, A. A., Sanson, L., Scambos, T., Schloss, I., Shiraishia, K., Siegert, M. A., Simões, J., Sparrow, M. D., Storey, B., Wall, D. H., Walsh, J. C., Wilson, G., Winter, J. - G., Xavier, J. C., Yang, H., Sutherland, W. J. (2015) A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond. Antarctic science 27 (01): 3-18 doi:10.1017/S0954102014000674

Xavier, J. C., Fugmann, G., Beck,I., Huffman, L. & Jensen, E. (2016). Education on biodiversity of the Polar Regions. In Castro, P., Azeiteiro, U.M., Bacelar Nicolau, P., Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M. Biodiversity’s and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the series Umweltbildung, Umweltkommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit - Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability, Peter Lang. Peter Lang GmbH International Academic PublishersFrankfurt am Main.: 43-56 SBN: 978-3-319- 32317-6 (Book chapter)

Xavier, J. C. & Peck, L. (2015). Life beyond the ice. In Exploring the Last Continent, Liggett, D., Storey, B., Cook, Y., Meduna, V. (ed), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland: 229-252 ISBN 978-3-319-18947-5 (Book chapter)

Gutt J, Constable A, Cummings V, Hosie G, McIntyre T, Mintenbeck K, Murray A, Peck L, Ropert-Coudert Y, Saba GK, Schofield O, Schloss I, Stefels J, Takahashi K (2016) Vulnerability of Southern Ocean biota to climate change. Information Summary. Antarctic Environment Portal. ( -summaries/vulnerability-of-southern-ocean-biota-to-climate-change/)

Hays GC, Ferreira LC, Sequeira AMM, Meekan MG, Duarte CM, Bailey H, Bailleul F, Bowen WD, Caley MJ, Costa DP, Eguíluz VM, Fossette S, Friedlaender AS, Gales N, Gleiss AC, Gunn J, Harcourt R, Hazen EL, Heithaus MR, Heupel M, Holland K, Horning M, Jonsen I, Kooyman GL, Lowe CG, Madsen PT, Marsh H, Phillips RA, Righton D, Ropert-Coudert Y, Sato K, Shaffer SA, Simpfendorfer CA, Sims DW, Skomal G, Takahashi A, Trathan PN Wikelski M, Womble JN, Thums M (2016) Key questions in marine megafauna movement ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(6): 463- 475

Raymond B, Lea MA, Patterson T, Andrews-Goff V, Sharples R, Charrassin J-B, Cottin M, Emmerson L, Gales N, Gales R, Goldsworthy S, Harcourt R, Kato A, Kirkwood R, Lawton K, Ropert-Coudert Y,Southwell C, van den Hoff J, Wienecke B, Woehler EJ, Wotherspoon S, Hindell MA (2015) Important marine habitat off East Antarctica revealed by two decades of multi-species predator tracking. Ecography 38: 121-129