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dc.contributor.authorEguiguren, Ana
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-13T19:49:46Z
dc.date.available2017-12-13T19:49:46Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/73514
dc.description.abstractHabitat models elucidate species-environment relationships and inform conservation. But the influence of environmental variables on habitat use is scale-dependent and influenced by behaviour. Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) occupy a broad range of spatiotemporal scales and their behaviour is culturally driven. Here, I characterized sperm whale habitat off the Galápagos Islands through time, determined their vulnerability to threats within the Galápagos Marine Reserve (GMR), and investigated the role of culture in shaping habitat use. Over fine spatiotemporal scales (less than a decade, <50 km) sperm whale habitat was associated with environmental conditions, but these varied across time. Over broader scales (between centuries, >100 km) their distribution was associated with productive areas and was encompassed by the GMR, although encounters also occurred outside its boundaries. The cultural identity of sperm whales affected their habitat use. This work contributes to our understanding of processes shaping sperm whale habitat and provides insights for conservation.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjecthabitaten_US
dc.subjectsperm whalesen_US
dc.subjectGalápagos Islandsen_US
dc.subjectGeneralized Additive Modelsen_US
dc.subjectGeneralized Estimating Equationsen_US
dc.titleHabitat of Galápagos sperm whales: A cultural perspective and implications for conservationen_US
dc.date.defence2017-11-24
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Biologyen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinern/aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorSophia Stoneen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerMarie Auger-Méthéen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerCindy Staiceren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorHal Whiteheaden_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsYesen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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