DAVID WELLER, Ph.D. Publications

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2012


Weller, D.W
., Klimek, A., Bradford, A.L., Calambokidis, J., Lang, A.R., Gisborne, B., Burdin, A.M., Szaniszlo, W., Urbán, J., Gomez-Gallardo Unzueta, A., Swartz, S. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2012. Movements of gray whales between the western and eastern North Pacific. Endangered Species Research 18:193-199 

Bradford, A.L., Weller, D.W., Punt, A.E., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Burdin, A.M., VanBlaricom, G.R. and R. L. Brownell, Jr. 2012. Leaner leviathans: body condition variation in a critically endangered whale population. Journal of Mammalogy. 93(1):251-266

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Bradford, A.L., Weller, D.W., Wade, P.R., Burdin, A.M., Brownell, R.L., Jr. In Press. Population abundance and growth rate of western gray whales Eschrichtius robustus. Endangered Species Research.

Bradford, A.L., Weller, D.W., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. In Press. Anthropogenic scarring of western gray whales (Eschrictius robustus). Marine Mammal Science.

Lowther, J.L., Archer, F.I. and Weller, D.W. Submitted. Genetic variation of coastal and offshore bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Marine Mammal Science.

Weller, D.W. Submitted. Predation on Marine Mammals. In: W.F. Perrin, B. Würsig, and H. Thewissen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Second Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Bradford, A.L., Wade, P.R., Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A. and

Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. Survival estimates of western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) incorporating individual heterogeneity and temporary emigration. Marine Ecology Progress Series 315:293-307

Bradford, A.L and Weller, D.W. 2005. Spotted seal haul-out patterns in a coastal lagoon on Sakhalin Island, Russia. Mammal Study 30: 145-149.

Hillman, G.R., Würsig, B., Gailey, G.A., Kehtarnavaz, N., Drobyshevsky, A., Araabi, B.N., Tagare, H.D. and Weller, D.W. 2003. Computer-assisted photo-identification of individual marine vertebrates: A multispecies system. Aquatic Mammals (29)1:242-252.

Weller, D.W. 2002. Predation on Marine Mammals. In: W.F. Perrin, B. Würsig, and H. Thewissen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Würsig, B., Taylor, B.L., and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. The western gray whale: a review of past exploitation, current status and potential threats. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 4(1):7-12.

Weller, D.W., Reeve, S.H., Burdin, A.M., Würsig, B, and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. A note on the spatial distribution of western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) off Sakhalin Island, Russia in 1998. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 4(1): 13-17.

LeDuc, R.G., Weller, D.W., Hyde, J., Burdin, A.M., Rosel, P.E., Brownell, R.L., Jr., Würsig, B. and

Dizon, A.E. 2002. Genetic differences between western and eastern gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus). Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 4(1): 1-6.

Weller, D.W. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2000. Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus: Asian or Western Pacific Population. In: The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Species Survival Commission 2000 Red List of Threatened Species. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, United Kingdom. [Available from http://www.redlist.org/]

Weller, D.W., Würsig, B., Lynn, S.K. and Schiro, A.J. 2000. Preliminary findings on the occurrence and site fidelity of photo-identified sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Science, 1: 35-39.

Weller, D.W., Würsig, B., Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M., Blokhin, S.A., Minakuchi, H. and Brownell, R. L. Jr. 1999. Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) off Sakhalin Island, Russia: seasonal and annual patterns of occurrence. Marine Mammal Science, 15: 1208-1227.

Defran, R.H. and Weller, D.W. 1999. The occurrence, distribution, and site fidelity of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off San Diego, California. Marine Mammal Science, 15: 366-380.

Defran, R.H., Weller, D.W., Kelly, D. and Espinosa, M. 1999. Range characteristics of Pacific coast bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Southern California Bight. Marine Mammal Science, 15: 381-393.

Kreho, A., Kehtarnavaz, N., Araabi, B., Hillman, G., Würsig, B., and Weller, D.W. 1999. Assisting manual dolphin identification by computer extraction of dorsal ratio. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 27: 830-838.

Hillman, G.R., Tagare, H., Elder, K., Drobyshevski, A., Weller, D.W. and Würsig, B. 1998. Shape descriptors computed from photographs of dorsal fines for use as database indices. 1998. Proceedings of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 20(2):970-973.

Weller, D.W., Cockcroft V., Würsig, B., Lynn, S. and Fertl, D. 1997. Behavioral responses of bottlenose dolphins to remote biopsy sampling and observations of surgical biopsy wound healing. Aquatic Mammals, 23: 49-58.

Weller, D.W., Würsig, B., Whitehead, H., Norris, J., Lynn, S., Davis, R., Clauss, N. and Brown, P. 1996. Observations of an interaction between sperm whales and short-finned pilot whales in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Mammal Science, 12: 588-594.

Weller, D. W., Schiro, A., Cockcroft, V. and Wang, D. 1996. First account of a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Texas waters, with a re-evaluation of historic records from the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Mammal Science, 12: 133-137.

Mobley, J.R., Smultea, M., Norris, T. and Weller, D. 1996. Fin whale sighting north of Kauai, Hawaii. Pacific Science, 50: 230-233.

Defran, R.H., Shultz, G.A. and Weller, D.W. 1990. A technique for the photographic identification and cataloging of dorsal fins of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). In: Individual Recognition of Cetaceans: Use of Photo-Identification and Other Techniques to Estimate Population Parameters. Ed. By P.S. Hammond, S.A. Mizroch and G.P. Donovan (Eds.). International Whaling Commission Special Issue 12: 53-55.

INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION PAPERS

Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Lang, A.R., Kim, H.W., Krukova, N., Tsidulko, G.A., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2007. Status of western gray whales of Sakhalin Island, Russia in 2006. Paper SC/59/BRG19 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee.

Bradford, A.L., Weller, D.W., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2007. Seasonal and annual variation in body condition of western gray whales off northeast Sakhalin Island, Russia: a preliminary report. Paper SC/59/BRG22 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 18pp.

Bradford, A.L., Weller, D.W., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2007. Anthropogenic scarring of western gray whales (Eschrictius robustus). Paper SC/59/BRG37 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 15pp.

Brownell, R.L., Kasuya, T. and Weller, D.W. 2007. Entrapment of western gray whales in Japanese fishing gear: population threats. Paper SC/59/BRG36 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 9pp.

Cooke, J.G., Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2007. Population assessment of western gray whales in 2007. Paper SC/59/BRG41 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 10pp.

Rowles, T., Bradford, A., Calambokidis, J., Falcone, E., Gabriele, C., Gaydos, J., Krahn, M., Mattila, D., Norberg, B., Raverty, S., Robbins, J., Rojas-Brachos, L., Rolland, R., Rosa, C., Rotstein, D., Úrban, J, Weller, D. and Yamaguchi, M. 2007. Draft report of the NOAA Large Whale Health Assessment Workshop held in Olympia, Washington on 8-9 December 2006. Paper SC/59/DW2 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 7pp.

Weller, D.W., Rickards, S.H., Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. The influence of 1997 seismic surveys on the behavior of western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia. Paper SC/58/E4 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 12pp.

Weller, D.W., Tsidulko, G.A., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. A reevaluation of the influence of 2001 seismic surveys on western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia. Paper SC/58/E5 of the IWC Scientific Committee. 8pp.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Lang, A.R., Tsidulko, G.A., Kim, H.W. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. Status of western gray whales off Sakhalin Island Russia, in 2005. Paper SC/58/BRG3 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 10pp.

Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Tsidulko, G.A., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Lang, A.R., Kim, H.W., Rickards, S.H., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. Western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: A catalog of photo-identified individuals. Paper SC/58/BRG2 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 165pp.

Bradford, A.L., Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Ivashchenko, Y.V. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. Anthropogenic scarring of western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus): a preliminary report. Paper SC/58/BRG12 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 14pp.

Cooke, J.G., Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006. Population assessment of Western Gray Whales in 2006. Paper SC/58/BRG30 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 10pp.

Weller, D. W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Ivashchenko, Y.I., Tsidulko, G.A., Lang, A.R. and

Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2005. Status of western gray whales off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia, in 2004. Paper SC/57/BRG1 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 10pp.

Cooke, J., Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L, Jr. 2005. Estimates and projections of the western gray whale population using an individually-based population model. Paper SC/57/BRG22 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 14pp.

Lang, A.R., Weller, D.W., Leduc, R.G., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2005. Genetic assessment of the western gray whale population: current research and future directions. Paper SC/57/BRG14 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 14pp.

Childerhouse et al. 2005. Comments on the government of Japan’s proposal for a second phase of special permit whaling in Antarctica (JARPA II). Paper SC/57/O22 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 3pp.

Weller, D. W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Ivashchenko, Y.I., Tsidulko, G.A., Lang, A.R. and

Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2004. Status of western gray whales off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia, in 2003. Paper SC/56/BRG40 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 18pp.

Lang, A.R., Weller, D.W., Leduc, R.G., Burdin, A.M., Hyde, J. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2004. Genetic differentiation between western and eastern gray whale populations using microsatellite markers Paper SC/56/BRG38 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee. 15pp

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A., Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2003. Summer sightings of western gray whales in the Okhotsk and western Bering Seas. Paper SC/55/BRG9 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Bradford, A.L., Wade, P.R., Burdin, A.M., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A., Brownell, R.L., Jr. and Weller, D.W. 2003. Survival estimates of western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) incorporating individual heterogeneity and temporary emigration. Paper SC/55/BRG14 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Burdin, A.M., Weller, D.W., Tsidulko, G.A. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2003. Status of the western gray whale population off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia in 2002. Paper SC/55/BRG19 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Burdin, A.M., Weller, D.W., Tsidulko, G.A. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2003. Russia-U.S. research program on western gray whales off northeastern Sakhalin Island in 2003. Paper SC/55/BRG20 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Wade, P.R., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Brownell, R.L., Jr. and Weller, D.W. 2003. Abundance estimates of western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia. Paper SC/55/BRG18 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M., Miyashita, T., Kariya, T., Trukhin, A.M., MacLean, S.A., Vladimirov, V.A. and Doroshenko, N.V. 2002. Photographic recaptures of western gray whales in the Okhotsk Sea. Paper SC/54/BRG13 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. Observations of skinny whales on the Piltun feeding ground 1999-2001. Paper SC/02/WGW5 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. Status of the western gray whale population in 2002. Paper SC/02/WGW9 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Weller, D.W., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. Influence of seismic surveys on western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia in 2001. Paper SC/54/BRG14 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Weller, D.W., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. Influence of the Odoptu seismic surveys on western gray whales while on their feeding ground in 2001. Paper SC/02/WGW20 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Bradford, A.L., Burdin, A.M., Wade, P.R., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A., VanBlaricom, G.R. and Weller, D.W. 2002. Survival estimates of western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus). Paper SC/54/BRG9 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Brownell, R.L., Jr., Lang, A.R., Burdin, A.M. and Weller, D.W. 2002. Future long-term genetic research on the western gray whale. Paper SC/02/WGW12 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Brownell, R.L., Jr. and Weller, D.W. 2002. Prolonged calving intervals in western gray whales: Nutritional stress and pregnancy. Paper SC/54/BRG12 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Burdin, A.M., Tsidulko, G.A., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Bradford, A.L. and Weller, D.W. 2002. Photoidentification of western gray whales in coastal and offshore Sakhalin shelf waters. Paper SC/02/WGW4 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Burdin, A.M., Weller, D.W. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2002. Russian-American research program on western gray whales: 2003-2007. Paper SC/02/WGW18 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Brownell, R.L., Jr. and D.W. Weller. 2001. Is the “carrying capacity hypothesis” a plausible explanation for the “skinny” gray whale phenomenon? Paper SC/53/BRG20 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Southern, S.O., Kellar, N.M., Allen, A.C., Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Dizon, A.E. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2001. Molecular analysis of chronic physiological stress in emaciated gray whales: preliminary report. Paper SC/54/BRG19 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2001. The western North Pacific gray whale: a review of past exploitation, current status, and potential threats. Paper SC/54/BRG12 submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

POPULAR ARTICLES AND BOOK REVIEWS

Weller, D.W., 2006. Less than 100: The uncertain future of western gray whales. Upwellings.

Weller, D.W., 2003. Can the western gray whale survive? The plight of a critically endangered whale. Whale 8: 4-6.

Weller, D.W. 2001. Book Review - Cetacean Societies: Field Studies of Whales and Dolphins. Eds. J. Mann, R.C. Connor, P.L. Tyack, & H. Whitehead. Animal Behaviour.

Weller, D.W. 1999. Cetacean sleep: A marvelous half-brained adaptation to life in the sea. Upwellings, 5: 1-8.

CONTRACT AND TECHNICAL REPORTS

Weller, D.W., Bradford, A.L., Lang, A.R., Kim, H.W., Krukova, N., Tsidulko, G.A., Burdin, A.M. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2007. Western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: A joint Russia-U.S. scientific investigation July – September 2006. Final contract report to International Fund for Animal Welfare. 71 pp.

Dudzik, K.J., Baker, K.M. and Weller, D.W. 2006. Mark-recapture abundance estimate of California coastal stock bottlenose dolphins: February 2004 to April 2005. Final report to Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries. 15 pp.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Lang, A.R., Tsidulko, G.A., Kim, H.W. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2006.Western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: A joint Russia-U.S. scientific investigation July– September 2005. Final contract report to International Fund for Animal Welfare. 29 pp.

Weller, D. W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Ivashchenko, Y.I., Tsidulko, G.A., Lang, A.R. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2005. Western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: A joint Russia-U.S. scientific investigation July – September 2004. Final contract report to International Fund for Animal Welfare. 38 pp.

Weller, D. W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Ivashchenko, Y.I., Tsidulko, G.A., Lang, A.R. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2004. Western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: A joint Russia-U.S. scientificinvestigation July – September 2003. Final contract report to the International Whaling Commission. 41 pp.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Ivashchenko, Y.V., Tsidulko, G.A. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2003. Gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: July–September 2002, a joint U.S.-Russian scientific investigation. Final contract report to Marine Mammal Commission. 78 pp.

Weller, D. W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L., Tsidulko, G.A., Ivashchenko, Y.V. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 2003. Gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: June – September 2001, a joint U.S.-Russian scientific investigation. Final contract report to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company. 68 pp.

Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Bradford, A.L. and Würsig, B. 2001. Gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: June-September 2000. A joint U.S.-Russian scientific investigation. Final contract report to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company. 60 pp.

Weller, D.W., Würsig, B., Burdin, A.M., Reeve, S.R. and Bradford, A.L. 2000. Gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia: June-October 1999. A joint U.S.-Russian scientific investigation. Final contract report to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company. 70 pp.

Würsig, B., Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Blokhin, S.A., Reeve, S.H., Bradford, A.L. and Brownell, R.L. Jr. 2000. Gray whales summering off Sakhalin Island, Far East Russia: July-September 1998. A joint U.S.- Russian scientific investigation. Final contract report to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company and Exxon Neftegas. 133 pp.

Würsig, B., Weller, D.W., Burdin, A.M., Blokhin, S.A., Reeve, S.H., Bradford, A.L. and Brownell, R.L., Jr. 1999. Gray whales summering off Sakhalin Island, Far East Russia: July-October 1997; A joint U.S.- Russian scientific investigation. Final contract report to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company and Exxon Neftegas. 101 pp.

Würsig, B., Weller, D.W., Lynn, S.K., Ortega-Ortiz, J.G., Schiro, A.J., Sparks, T.D. and Evans, W.E. 1999. Behavior and site fidelity of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In: Cetaceans, Sea Turtles, and Seabirds in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Distribution, Abundance, and Habitat Association, Volume II: Technical Report. Ed. by R.W. Davis, W.E. Evans, and B. Würsig. Minerals Management

Service, MS 5034, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA. 346 pp.

Würsig, B., Weller, D.W., Sparks, T.D., Lynn, S.K., Schiro, A.J., Norris, J.C. and Evans, W.E. 1998.

Preliminary findings on the behavior of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In: Distribution and Abundance of Cetaceans in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Interim Report No. 2. Ed. by R.W. Davis, W.E. Evans, M. Horning, and S.K. Lynn. Prepared under U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division Contract 1445-C109-96-004 by The GulfCet Program, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553.

Mate, B.R., Duncan, M., Weller, D.W., Schiro, A., Lynn, S.K., Norris, J.C., Würsig, B. and Evans, W.E. 1996. Studies of sperm whales. In: Distribution and abundance of cetaceans in the north-central and western Gulf of Mexico: Final Report. Volume II: Technical Report. Ed. by R.W. Davis and G.S. Fargion. OCS Study MMS 96-0027. Prepared by the Texas Institute of Oceanography and the National Marine Fisheries Service. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Minerals Management. Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA.

Defran, R.H. and Weller, D.W. 1988. The bottlenose dolphin: A scientific, educational and biological resource of north San Diego County. Environmental impact report for Kinetics Laboratories Incorporated, San Diego, CA.

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