by Filipa Samarra from the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute
Resource specialisation is widespread among various taxa and can have important evolutionary consequences. In marine mammals feeding strategies can be learned, allowing for specialist diets to be maintained across generations. In killer whales, in particular, foraging preferences are tightly linked to the behaviour, social organization, acoustic communication and genetic patterns of populations and communities. In this talk I will provide an overview of a decade of studies on killer whales occurring in Icelandic waters. I will focus on what we have learned about their foraging and behavioural ecology and how that might inform us on their capability to cope with a changing ecosystem.
The Spring schedule of the Friday Biology Seminars in Askja can be found here: