Topic: Advances in cetacean research and conservation

Published 29 November, 2021

This Topic Issue will focus on cetaceans (including whales, dolphins and porpoises), investigating various aspects of these charismatic and ecologically important megafauna. Cetaceans are recognised as flagship animals of aquatic biodiversity and are the main target of aquatic research and conservation efforts worldwide. However, there are still gaps in our knowledge about many of these creatures, especially those inhabiting offshore waters or developing countries/areas. Recent focuses and advances in marine science and technology have led to a greater understanding of interactions between cetaceans and their physical and chemical environments, and the role of those interactions in shaping: species/population diversity; environmental adaptation; molecular evolution; habitat use; distribution and movement/migration patterns; population dynamics; and behaviour of these animals.

For this Topic, we invite researchers to submit articles that advance understanding of cetaceans worldwide.

Important deadlines:

  • Submission opens: 1 December 2021
  • Submission closes: 20 December 2023
  • Expected time to first decision: 4 weeks after submission

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All submissions should be made via the online editorial system. All submissions will undergo a normal peer-review process. If the manuscript is accepted, the article will be published open access with no fee payable by the author.

Guest editors:

Prof. Ding Wang

Honorary Member of The Society for Marine Mammalogy and Professor at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Prof. Songhai Li

Institute of Deep-sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Prof. Tomonari Akamatsu

Ocean Policy Research Institute, Japan



Prof. AR Hoelzel

Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK




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