Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM)
April 2016: NEWS1 The second RAATD meeting took place at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst, Germany. The RAATD team has brought together tracking data from 38 biologists from 11 different countries to accumulate the largest animal tracking database in the world, containing information from 15 species, containing over 3,400 individual animals and almost 2.5 million at-sea locations. Huge thanks to the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg for its considerable financial and logistic support, and also for proving the first rate meeting facilities. In particular Doris Meyerdierks for her on-the-ground help and kindness. Additional financial support was provided by SCAR Life Science group, the Alfred Wegner Institute, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and Macquarie University. Horst Bornemann was the local organiser and his efforts were largely responsible for the success of the workshop. NEWS2 RAATD's future workshops are already a certainty as the working group of RAATD has secured a French-based grant to fund two workshops a year for the next 2.5 years.
February 2016: NO! 150 000 penguins did not die overnight! This is the title of the statement, published jointly by EGBAMM and Life Sciences, to clear up the misleading headlines about 150,000 Adelie penguins dying because of a giant iceberg. This (mis)information was in the News in the beginning of the week and spread on the Internet so rapidly that we felt we had to react. You can read the statement at http://www.scar.org/2016/840-no-150-000-adelie-penguins-did-not-die-overnight
December 2015: The Health Working Group, an initiative led by Dr Andres Barbosa within the Expert group on Birds and Marine Mammals has published an Information summary about Antarctic Wildlife Diseases on the Antarctic Environments portal. You can read it at https://www.environments.
August 2015: A workshop about microbial/parasite impacts on Antarctic wildlife will take place in Sydney, Australia, 3-7 August. The workshop will be hosted by Macquarie University’s Genes to Geosciences Research Centre and supported by the Health Monitoring Working Group of the EG-BAMM. Microbiologists, parasitologists, ecologists, and veterinarians will examine how the introduction of bacteriae and parasits into the Antarctic environment may potentially impact native symbiotic interactions in Antarctic wildlife. Anticipated outcomes of the workshop are up-to-date reviews on diseases in marine mammals and seabirds of Antarctica and development of integrated research strategies to understand risks posed to the health of Antarctic wildlife from altered symbiotic interactions.
May 2015: The joint EG-ABI / EG-BAMM workshop on the RAATD project that took place at BELSPO in Brussels just ended. During the week around a dozen specialists compiled more than 2 million lines of unique tracking records and developed filters and analytical R scripts to bring the Retrospective Analysis of the Antarctic Tracking Database project one step closer to completion. We warmly thank Maaike Vancauwenberghe at BELSPO for her hospitality.