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Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM)

News from the Bird and Marine Mammals Community.

Publications, Data and Links of interest to the Birds and Marine Mammals community

+ Publications

EG-BAMM reports:
Risk assessment of SAS-CoV-2 in Antarctic wildlife

Andrés Barbosa (2020). Risk assessment of SARS-CoV-2 in Antarctic wildlife. Science of The Total Environment, doi:


The Retrospective Analysis of the Antarctic Tracking Data (RAATD) project is undertaking a multi-species assessment of habitat use of Antarctic top predators in the Southern Ocean based on existing animal tracking data to identify Areas of Ecological Significance (AES), which are regions that are important for foraging to a range of predators and which have high diversity and abundance of lower trophic levels.

The first workshop in Brussels established a database (with associated metadata) of over 2000 individual tracks from the Southern Ocean, drawing on contributions from more than 30 data owners. The workshop also established an analytical frame work for analyses of these data to identify AES in the Southern Ocean based on existing animal tracking data.

The second meeting was hosted by the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (institute for Advanced Studies) in Delmenhorst, Germany, with financial support from HWK, the Alfred Wegner Institute, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), SCAR, and Macquarie University. The participants included database specialists, spatial ecologists and statisticians with the objective to consolidate the database and to develop the habitat utilisation models (HUMs) that underpin the RAATD goals.

Meeting reports are below:

To share your data (Argos, GPS, GLS) with this project, contact Mark or Yan and help to determine the Ecologically Significant Areas of the Southern Ocean. Project outcomes include the possibility of publishing a synthesis paper in a high profile journal.


Selected publications from EG-BAMM:

Xavier, J. C., Brandt, A., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Badhe, R., Gutt, J., Havermans, C., Jones, C., Costa, E. S., Lochte, K., Schloss, I. R., Kennicutt, C., & Sutherland, W. J. (2016). Future challenges in Southern Ocean life and ecology research. Frontiers in Marine Science DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00094

Kennicutt II, M. C., Chown, S. L., Cassano, J. J., Liggett, D., Massom, R., Peck, L. S., Rintoul, S. R., Storey, J., W. V., Vaughn, D. G.,Wilson, T. J., Allison, I., Ayton, J., Badhe, R., Baeseman, J., Barrett, P. J., Bell, R. E., Bertler, N., Bo, S., Brandt, A., Bromwich, D., Cary, C., Clark, M. S., Convey, P., Costa, E. S., Cowan, D., DeConto, R., Dunbar, R., Elfring, C., Escutia, C., Francis, J., Fricker, H. A., Fukuchi, M., Gilbert, N., Gutt, J., Havermans, C., Hik, D., Hosie, G., Jones, C., Kim, Y., Le Maho, Y., Lee, S., Leppe, M., Leichenkova, G., Li, X., Lipenkov, V., Lochte, K., López-Martínez, J., Lüdecke, C., Lyons, W. B., Marenssi, S., Miller, H., Morozova, P., Naish, T., Nayak, S., Ravindra, R., Retamales, J., Ricci, C. A., Rogan-Finnemore, M., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Samah, A. A., Sanson, L., Scambos, T., Schloss, I., Shiraishia, K., Siegert, M. A., Simões, J., Sparrow, M. D., Storey, B., Wall, D. H., Walsh, J. C., Wilson, G., Winter, J. - G., Xavier, J. C., Yang, H., Sutherland, W. J. (2015) A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond. Antarctic science 27 (01): 3-18 doi:10.1017/S0954102014000674

Xavier, J. C., Fugmann, G., Beck,I., Huffman, L. & Jensen, E. (2016). Education on biodiversity of the Polar Regions. In Castro, P., Azeiteiro, U.M., Bacelar Nicolau, P., Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M. Biodiversity’s and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the series Umweltbildung, Umweltkommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit - Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability, Peter Lang. Peter Lang GmbH International Academic PublishersFrankfurt am Main.: 43-56 SBN: 978-3-319- 32317-6 (Book chapter)

Xavier, J. C. & Peck, L. (2015). Life beyond the ice. In Exploring the Last Continent, Liggett, D., Storey, B., Cook, Y., Meduna, V. (ed), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland: 229-252 ISBN 978-3-319-18947-5 (Book chapter)

Gutt J, Constable A, Cummings V, Hosie G, McIntyre T, Mintenbeck K, Murray A, Peck L, Ropert-Coudert Y, Saba GK, Schofield O, Schloss I, Stefels J, Takahashi K (2016) Vulnerability of Southern Ocean biota to climate change. Information Summary. Antarctic Environment Portal. ( -summaries/vulnerability-of-southern-ocean-biota-to-climate-change/)

Hays GC, Ferreira LC, Sequeira AMM, Meekan MG, Duarte CM, Bailey H, Bailleul F, Bowen WD, Caley MJ, Costa DP, Eguíluz VM, Fossette S, Friedlaender AS, Gales N, Gleiss AC, Gunn J, Harcourt R, Hazen EL, Heithaus MR, Heupel M, Holland K, Horning M, Jonsen I, Kooyman GL, Lowe CG, Madsen PT, Marsh H, Phillips RA, Righton D, Ropert-Coudert Y, Sato K, Shaffer SA, Simpfendorfer CA, Sims DW, Skomal G, Takahashi A, Trathan PN Wikelski M, Womble JN, Thums M (2016) Key questions in marine megafauna movement ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(6): 463- 475

Raymond B, Lea MA, Patterson T, Andrews-Goff V, Sharples R, Charrassin J-B, Cottin M, Emmerson L, Gales N, Gales R, Goldsworthy S, Harcourt R, Kato A, Kirkwood R, Lawton K, Ropert-Coudert Y,Southwell C, van den Hoff J, Wienecke B, Woehler EJ, Wotherspoon S, Hindell MA (2015) Important marine habitat off East Antarctica revealed by two decades of multi-species predator tracking. Ecography 38: 121-129

+ Data

Data from EGBAMM will be added as they become available.

+ Links, Achievements, and Partners


Penguiness Book 2 (records of diving of air-breathing vertebrates) is at

Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean is at:



Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) is at


The leaders of the EG-BAMM group are: 

Chief Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Deputy Chief Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. University of Southampton, UK
Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil



Andres BARBOSA (Health Working Group)
Horst BORNEMANN (RAATD project, Biogeographic Atlas)
Jean-Benoît CHARRASSIN (RAATD project, Biogeographic Atlas, IWC liaison)
Daniel P. COSTA (RAATD project)
Bruno DANIS (ANTABIF liaison, EG-ABI liaison)
Mark HINDELL (CCAMLR liaison, SOOS liaison, SCATS member)
Mary-Ann LEA (Outreach, Ant-ERA liaison)
Monica MUELBERT (Alien in Antarctica, Marine Mammal Tag DataBase)
Petra QUILLFELDT (expertise - small petrels and comparative foraging ecology)
Richard PHILLIPS (RAATD project, Biogeographic Atlas, ACAP liaison)
Ben RAYMOND (RAATD project, Biogeographic Atlas, EG-ABI liaison)
Yan ROPERT-COUDERT (EG-ABI member, SCATS member)
Peter G. RYAN (RAATD project, Biogeographic Atlas)
Akinori TAKAHASHI (Ant-ERA liaison, RAATD project, SCATS member)
Reny TYSON (APECS liaison)
Jose XAVIER (Trophic working group, Outreach)

Data from EGBAMM will be added as they become available.