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MEPS 457:165-170 (2012)  -  DOI:

Tagging through the stages: technical and ecological challenges in observing life histories through biologging

George L. Shillinger1,2,*, Helen Bailey3, Steven J. Bograd4, Elliott L. Hazen4, Mark Hamann5, Philippe Gaspar6, Brendan J. Godley7, Rory P. Wilson8, James R. Spotila

1Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 155A, Monterey, California 93940, USA
2Tag-A-Giant Fund − The Ocean Foundation, PO Box 52074, Pacific Grove, California 93950, USA
3Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center of Environmental Studies, Solomons Island, Maryland 20688, USA
4NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Environmental Research Division, 1352 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, California 93950, USA
5School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
6Collecte Localisation Satellites, Satellite Oceanography Division, Department of Marine Ecosystems, 8-10 rue Hermès, 31520 Ramonville St Agne, France
7Centre for Ecology and Conservation, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn TR10 9EZ, UK
8School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
9Department of Biology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA

ABSTRACT: Biologging data have provided important insights into the biology of marine mammals, sea turtles, birds, fish, and some invertebrates. These techniques have primarily targeted adult organisms. As a result, the early life histories of many marine species are still poorly understood. Technological advances have enabled attachment of smaller tags to young animals, although equipment limitations, access to and capture/handling of animals, and equipment and data recovery pose additional challenges to researchers. In this Theme Section, we highlight novel uses of biologging data on juvenile animals, including reviews of tagging efforts on multiple life-history stages and the integration of oceanographic data in tagging efforts.

KEY WORDS: Electronic tags · Tag attachment techniques · GPS tags · Juveniles · Ocean currents · Ontogeny · Hatchling dispersal models · Satellite telemetry · Conservation

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Cite this article as: Shillinger GL, Bailey H, Bograd SJ, Hazen EL and others (2012) Tagging through the stages: technical and ecological challenges in observing life histories through biologging. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 457:165-170.

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