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Details of President Richard Sears   


Gender male
Job title Director of Reasearch
285 Green St.
J4P 1T3
Tel 450 465 9176 winter / 418 949 2845 summer
Fax 450 465 9176 winter / 418 949 2845 summer
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Degree BA Biology
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities Ecological research on cetaceans with emphasis of baleen whales - rorquals in particular. Specialty, the blue whale. Photo-identification, biopsy darting for genetic and toxic analysis, satellite and radio tracking, and acoustics are all techniques employed by our team to study the ecology of the fin, humpback, minke, right, and blue whales.
Research Region Eastern Canadian waters, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Sea of Cortez, Azores, Iceland
Skills/Expertise Marine mammal research including, photo-ID, biopsy darting, satellite tagging, VHF tagging,whale disentanglement,acoustics, ocean health index consult.
Comments Independent non-governmental research institution, founded in 1979 housing one of the largest, long-term data bases for baleen whales in existence First long-term study of blue whales.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by President Richard SEARS)

Christian Ramp and Richard Sears. 2013. Distribution, Christian Ramp and Richard Sears. 2013. Distribution, densities, and annual occurence of individual blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada from 1980-2008. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research document 2012/157. (see article here) Brian W. Kot, Dany Zbinden & Richard Sears (2013): Aerial behavior by the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) in the wake of a freighter and near other boats, Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, DOI:10.1080/10236244.2013.803695. (see Article here) Kot, B.W., T. Morisaka, R. Sears, D. Samuelson and C.D. marshall. 2012. Low prevalence of visual impairment in a coastal population of gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) in the Gulf of St. lawrence, Canada. Aquatic Mammals 38:367-371. Kot, B.W., R. Sears, A. Anis, D.P. Nowacek, J.Gedamke and C.D. Marshall. 2012. Behavioral responses of minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) to experimental fishing gear in a coastal environment. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 413:13-20. (See Article here) Ramp, C., W. Hagen, Per Palsboll, M. Bérubé, R. Sears. 2010. Age-related multi-year associations in female humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 64:1563-1576. (See Article here) Ramp, C., M. Bérubé, Per Palsboll, W. Hagen, R. Sears. 2010. Sex-specific survival in the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 400:267-276. (See Article here)

Group(s): GLODIR
Created: 1999-07-15 Last Updated: 2015-05-29 by Richard SEARS