Publications

Hooper, R., J. Brealey, T. van der Valk, A. Alberdi, J. Durban, H. Fearnbach, et al. (2018). Characterising the microbiome from host shotgun sequencing data: bacterial and diatom community dynamics derived from whale skin. Molecular Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14860 

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit and K. C. Balcomb III. 2018. Using aerial photogrammetry to detect changes in body condition in endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Endangered Species Research. https://www.int-res.com/articles/esr2018/35/n035p175.pdf

Pitman, R. L., H. Fearnbach, and J. W. Durban. 2018. Abundance and Population Status of Ross Sea Killer Whales (Orcinus orca, type C) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica: Evidence for Impact by Commercial Fishing in the Ross Sea? Polar Biology 41(4) 781-792. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2239-4

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit and R. L. Pitman. 2018. Abundance and trends of Type B killer whales (Orcinus orca) around the western Antarctic Peninsula. Working paper submitted to The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

Apprill, A., C. A. Miller, M. J. Moore, J. W. Durban, H. Fearnbach, and L. Barrett-Lennard. 2017. Extensive core microbiome in drone-captured whale blow supports a framework for health monitoring. mSystems 2:e00119-17. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00119-17

Joyce, T. J., J. W. Durban, D. E. Claridge, C. A. Dunn, H Fearnbach, K. M. Parsons, R. D. Andrews, and L. T. Ballance. 2017. Physiological, morphological, and ecological tradeoffs influence vertical habitat use of deep-diving toothed-whales in the Bahamas. PlosONE 12(10): e0185113 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185113

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit and R. L. Pitman. 2017. Increasing abundance of Type A killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the coastal waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. Working paper submitted to The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

Durban, J. W., H. Fearnbach, D.G. Burrows., G.M. Ylitalo, R.L. Pitman. 2017. Morphological and ecological separation of Type B killer whales around the Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Biology Polar Biology 40(1): 231-236. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-016-1942-x

Durban, J., H. Fearnbach, H. and L. Barrett-Lennard. 2016. No child left behind: evidence of a killer whale’s miscarriage. Natural History 124:14-15. http://naturalhistorymag.com/findings/153043/no-child-left-behind

Pitman, R., H. Fearnbach, and J. Durban. 2016. Population status of Ross Sea killer whales (Orcinus orca, Type C) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, based on photo-identification studies. Working paper CCAMLR WG-EMM-16/50 to The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

Kendall-Bar, J. M., D.W. Weller, H. Fearnbach, S. Shane, G. S. Schorr, E. A. Falcone, J. Calambokidis, A. Schulman-Janiger and J. Barlow. 2016. Movement and occurrence patterns of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) in the Eastern North Pacific. Aquatic Mammals 42(3): 300-305. https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.3.2016.300

Joyce, T. W., J. W. Durban, H. Fearnbach, D. Claridge, and L. T. Ballance. 2016. Use of time-at-temperature data to describe dive behavior in five species of sympatric deep-diving toothed whales. Marine Mammal Science 32(3): 1044-1071. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12323

Durban, J., H. Fearnbach, L.G. Barrett-Lennard, W. L. Perryman and D. J. Leroi. 2015. Photogrammetry of killer whales using a small hexacopter launched at sea. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Wildlife Special Issue 3: 131-135. https://doi.org/10.1139/juvs-2015-0020

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit and K. C. Balcomb. 2015. Individual-based photogrammetric measures of length, growth and shape to infer body condition and reproductive status of southern resident killer whales. Contract report to the NMFS Northwest Regional Office.

Pitman, R. L., J. A. Totterdell, H. Fearnbach, L. T. Ballance, J. W. Durban and H. Kemp. 2015.Whale killers: Prevalence and ecological implications of killer whale predation on humpback calves off Western Australia. Marine Mammal Science 31(2): 629-657. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12182

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit, J. M. Waite, C. O. Matkin, C. R. Lunsford, M. J. Peterson, J. Barlow and P. R. Wade. 2014. Spatial and social connectivity of fish-eating “Resident” killer whales in the northern North Pacific. Marine Biology 161: 459-472. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-013-2351-0

Peterson, M. J., F. Mueter, D. Hanselman, C. Lunsford, C. Matkin and H. Fearnbach. 2013. Killer whale (Orcinus orca) depredation effects on catch rates of six groundfish species: Implications for commercial longline fisheries in Alaska. ICES Journal of Marine Science 70 (6): 1220-1232. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fst045

Fearnbach, H., J. Durban, K. Parsons, and D. Claridge. 2012. Photographic mark-recapture analysis of local dynamics within an open population of dolphins. Ecological Applications 25(5): 1689-1700. https://doi.org/10.1890/12-0021.1

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban., S. A. Mizroch, S. Barbeaux, and P. R. Wade et al. 2012. Winter observations of a group of female and immature sperm whales in the high-latitude waters near the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Marine Biodiversity Records 5: 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755267211001047

Fearnbach, H., J. Durban, K. Parsons, and D. Claridge 2012. Calving seasonality and predation risk in an island population of bottlenose dolphins. Marine Mammal Science 28(2): 402-411. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2011.00481.x

Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit and K. C. Balcomb. 2011. Size and growth trends in an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Endangered Species Research 13(3): 173-180. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00330

Durban, J. W., H. Fearnbach, D. K. Ellifrit and K. C. Balcomb 2009. Size and body condition of Southern Resident killer whales. Contract report to the NMFS Northwest Regional Office.

Pitman, R. L., H. Fearnbach, R. LeDuc, J. W. Gilpatrick, J. K. B. ford and L. T. Ballance. 2007. Killer whales preying on a blue whale calf on the Costa Rica Dome: genetics, morphometrics, vocalisations and composition of the group. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 9(2): 151–157.