Shark Research: Emerging Technologies and Applications for the Field and Laboratory

Over the last decade, the study of shark biology has benefited from the development, refinement, and rapid expansion of novel techniques and advances in technology. These have given new insight into the fields of shark genetics, feeding, foraging, bioenergetics, imaging, age and growth, movement, migration, habitat preference, and habitat use. This pioneering book, written by experts in shark biology, examines technologies such as autonomous vehicle tracking, underwater video approaches, molecular genetics techniques, and accelerometry, among many others. Each detailed chapter offers new insights and promises for future studies of elasmobranch biology, provides an overview of appropriate uses of each technique, and can be readily extended to other aquatic fish and marine mammals and reptiles.

  • Serves as the first single-source reference with in-depth coverage of techniques appropriate for the laboratory and field study of sharks, skates, and rays
  • Contains chapters on a broad range of methods such as Imaging Technologies, Satellite Tracking, Stationary Underwater Video, and Population Genetic Approaches and Genomics among others
  • Presents technologies that can be used to study other aquatic fish and marine mammals and reptiles
  • Includes chapter authors who were pioneers in developing some of the technologies discussed in the book
  • Concludes with a unique section on Citizen Science and its Application to Studies of Shark Biology
Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Dietary Biomarkers in Shark Foraging and Movement Ecology

[Samantha E.M. Munroe, Lauren Meyer, and Michael R. Heithaus]

Chapter 2

Size-Based Insights into the Ecosystem Role of Sharks and Rays

[Nicholas K. Dulvy and Rowan Trebilco]

Chapter 3

Advances in the Application of High-Resolution Biologgers to Elasmobranch Fishes

[Nicholas M. Whitney, Karissa O. Lear, Adrian C. Gleiss, Nicholas Payne, and Connor F. White]

Chapter 4

Using Aerial Surveys to Investigate the Distribution, Abundance, and Behavior of Sharks and Rays

[Jeremy J. Kiszka and Michael R. Heithaus]

Chapter 5

Animal-Borne Video Cameras and Their Use to Study Shark Ecology and Conservation

[Yannis P. Papastamatiou, Carl G. Meyer, Yuuki Y. Watanabe, and Michael R. Heithaus]

Chapter 6

Use of Autonomous Vehicles for Tracking and Surveying of Acoustically Tagged Elasmobranchs

[Christopher G. Lowe, Connor F. White, and Christopher M. Clark]

Chapter 7

The Use of Stationary Underwater Video for Sampling Sharks

[Euan S. Harvey, Julia Santana-Garcon, Jordan Goetze, Benjamin J. Saunders, and Mike Cappo]

Chapter 8

Acoustic Telemetry

[Michelle R. Heupel, Steven T. Kessel, Jordan K. Matley, and Colin A. Simpfendorfer]

Chapter 9

Imaging Technologies in the Field and Laboratory

[Kara E. Yopak, Jeffrey C. Carrier, and Adam P. Summers]

Chapter 10

History and Mystery of Age and Growth Studies in Elasmobranchs: Common Methods and Room for Improvement

[Lisa J. Natanson, Allen H. Andrews, Michelle S. Passerotti, Sabine P. Wintner]

Chapter 11

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Shark Ageing and Biology

[Cassandra L. Rigby, William J. Foley, and Colin A. Simpfendorfer]

Chapter 12

Photographic Identification of Sharks

[Simon J. Pierce, Jason Holmberg, Alison A. Kock, and Andrea D. Marshall]

Chapter 13

Genetics and Genomics for Fundamental and Applied Research on Elasmobranchs

[Jennifer R. Ovenden, Christine Dudgeon, Pierre Feutry, Kevin Feldheim, and Gregory E. Maes]

Chapter 14

Environmental DNA (eDNA): A Valuable Tool for Ecological Inference

and Management of Sharks and Their Relatives

[Agnes Le Port, Judith Bakker, Madalyn K. Cooper, Roger Huerlimann, and Stefano Mariani]

Chapter 15

Shark CSI・The Application of DNA Forensics to Elasmobranch Conservation

[Diego Cardeñosa and Demian D. Chapman]

Chapter 16

Citizen Science in Shark and Ray Research and Conservation:

Strengths, Opportunities, Considerations, and Pitfalls

[Andrew Chin and Gretta Pecl]

Chapter 17

Social Science and Its Application to the Studies of Shark Biology

[Karin Gerhardt, Amy Diedrich, and Vanessa Jaiteh]

Chapter 18

Network Analysis and Theory in Shark Ecology・Methods and Applications

[Johann Mourier, Elodie Lédée, Tristan Guttridge, and David M.P. Jacoby]

Chapter 19

Satellite Tracking Technologies and Their Application to Shark Movement Ecology

[Luciana C. Ferreira, Kate L. Mansfield, Michele Thums, and Mark G. Meekan]

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