Publication

How vulnerable is the Sea of Cortez fin whale population?

Rivera León, V. E., Urban-R, J., Mizroch, S., Ramp, C., Sears, R. & Bérubé, M., Apr-2013.

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Previous genetic analyses have demonstrated that the fin whales in the Sea of Cortez likely are genetically (and presumably demographically) isolated from North Pacific fin whales. Consequently the Sea of Cortez fin whale population is likely more vulnerable to anthropogenic effects and habitat changes. Here we extend previous work by genetic analyses of microsatellite and mtDNA nucleotide sequences in 375 and 24 fin whale samples from the Sea of Cortez and North Pacific, respectively. We will estimate long- and short-term effective
population sizes in these two populations and compare the estimates with data from the much larger North Atlantic fin whale population(s). The objective of the analysis is to assess how vulnerable the Sea of Cortez fin whale population is to random genetic effects, such as loss of adaptive potential and inbreeding.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2013
Event27th Conference of the European Cetacean Society: Interdisciplinary approaches in the study of marine mammals -
Duration: 8-Apr-201310-Apr-2013

Conference

Conference27th Conference of the European Cetacean Society
Period08/04/201310/04/2013

Event

27th Conference of the European Cetacean Society: Interdisciplinary approaches in the study of marine mammals

08/04/201310/04/2013

Event: Conference

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