Journal Publications

2017 |2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | Academic Theses

2017

A. Bøttcher, S. Gero, K. Bedholm, and P.T. Madsen (Submitted) Variability of the inter-pulse interval in sperm whale clicks with implications for size estimation and individual identification. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

C. Konrad, S. Gero, T. Frasier T, H. Whitehead (Submitted). Kinship influences sperm whale social organization within, but not between, social units. Royal Society Open Science.

C. Konrad, A. Dupuis, S. Gero, and T. Frasier (2017) A sexing technique for highly degraded cetacean DNA. Aquatic Mammals 43(6): 655-660.

2016

S. Gero and H. Whitehead (2016) Critical Decline of the Eastern Caribbean Sperm Whale Population. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0162019.

S. Gero, A. Bøttcher, H. Whitehead, and P.T. Madsen (2016) Socially segregated, sympatric sperm whales clans in the Atlantic OceanRoyal Society Open Science 3: 160061.

S. Gero, H. Whitehead, and L. Rendell (2016) Individual, unit, and vocal clan level identity cues in sperm whale codas. Royal Society Open Science 3: 150372.

2015

2014

S. Gero, M. Milligan, C. Rinaldi, P. Francis, J. Gordon, C. Carlson, A. Steffen, P. Tyack, P. Evans, and Hal Whitehead (2014) Behavior and Social Structure of the Sperm Whales of Dominica, West Indies. Marine Mammal Science 30: 905-922. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12086

H. Whitehead and S. Gero (2014) Using social structure to improve mortality estimates; an example with sperm whales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 27-36. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12124

2013

S. Gero, J. Gordon, and H. Whitehead (2013) Calves as social hubs: dynamics of the social network within sperm whale units. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1113 PDF

2012

S. Gero (2012) The surprisingly familiar family lives of sperm whales. Journal of the America Cetacean Society 41: 16-20.

H. Whitehead, R. Antunes, S. Gero, D. Engelhaupt, and L. Rendell (2012) Multilevel societies of female sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Atlantic and Pacific: why are they so different? International Journal of Primatology 33: 1142-1164. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9598-z PDF

2011

R. Antunes, T. Schulz, S. Gero, H. Whitehead, J. Gordon and L. Rendell (2011) Individually distinctive acoustic features in sperm whale codas Animal Behaviour 81(4): 723-730. DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.12.019 PDF

2010

T.M. Schulz, H. Whitehead, S. Gero and L. Rendell (2010) Individual vocal production in a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) social unit. Marine Mammal Science 27(1): 149-166. DOI:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00399.x PDF

2009

D. Engelhaupt, A.R. Hoelzel, C. Nicholson, A. Frantzis, S. Mesnick, S. Gero, H. Whitehead, L. Rendell, P. Miller, R. De Stefanis, A.A. Mignucci-Giannoni (2009) Female philopatry in coastal basins and male dispersion across the North Atlantic in a highly mobile marine species, the Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). Molecular Ecology 18: 4193-4205. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294x.2009.04355.x PDF

S. Gero, D. Engelhaupt, L. Rendell, and H. Whitehead (2009) Who Cares? Between-group variation in alloparental care-giving in sperm whales. Behavioral Ecology 20(4): 838-843. DOI:10.1093/beheco/arp068 PDF

2008

T.M. Schulz, H. Whitehead, S. Gero, and L. Rendell (2008) Overlapping and matching of codas in vocal interactions between sperm whales: Insights into communication function. Animal Behaviour 76: 1977-1988. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.07.032 PDF

S. Gero, D. Engelhaupt, and H. Whitehead (2008) Heterogeneous associations within a sperm whale unit reflect pairwise relatedness. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 143-151.
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-008-0645-x PDF Supplimentary Material

D. Lusseau, H. Whitehead, and S. Gero (2008) Incorporating uncertainty into the study of animal social networks. Animal Behaviour 75(5): 1809-1815. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.10.029 PDF

2007

S. Gero, J. Gordon, C. Carlson, P. Evans, and H. Whitehead (2007) Population estimate and inter-island movement of sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, in the Eastern Caribbean. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 9(2): 143-150. PDF

S. Gero and H. Whitehead (2007) Suckling behaviour in sperm whales calves: observations and hypotheses. Marine Mammal Science 23(2): 398-413. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2007.00113.x PDF

Academic Theses

The DSWP has contributed to or was the focus of the following theses:

Doctoral Dissertations

S. Gero (2012) On the dynamics of social relationships and vocal communications between individuals and units of sperm whales. DoctoralThesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.

S. Wong (2012) A pelagic paradox: the ecology of a top predator in an oceanic desert. Doctoral thesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.

R. Antunes (2009) Variation in sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) coda vocalizations and social structure in the North Atlantic Ocean. Doctoral thesis, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

T. Schulz (2007) The production and exchange of sperm whale coda vocalizations. Doctoral thesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Masters Theses

M. Petroni (2017) Sperm whales, vessels and Fish Aggregating Devices; Spatial analysis for risk management off the coast of Dominica, WI. MSc Thesis, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

A. Bøttcher (2016) Identifying sperm whale individuals and clans through patterns of vocal variation. MSc thesis, Department of Zoophysiology, Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark.

M. Milligan (2013) Fine-scale distribution, habitat use, and movements of sperm whales. MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.

S. Gero (2006) Fundatmentals of sperm whale societies: Care for calves, MSc thesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Bachelor Theses

M. Nielson (2016) Do sperm whales exhibit sympatric vocal clans in the North Atlantic Ocean? Bachelor Project, Department of Zoophysiology, Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark.

K. Wigley (2014) Acoustic techniques provide insight into the length and growth of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) found in four geographically separated populations. BSc Thesis, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

A. Bøttcher (2014) Coda repertoires of sperm whale social units in the Eastern Caribbean indicates sympatric variation. Bachelor Project, Department of Zoophysiology, Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark.

L. Hoogenboom (2012) Comparing the prevalence of markings on the flukes of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. BSc thesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.

V. Yaroshewski (2007) The diet of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Sargasso Sea and the Caribbean. BSc thesis, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada.