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Pawley M, Hupman K, Stockin KA & Gilman A (2018). Examining the viability of dorsal fin pigmentation for individual identification of poorly-marked delphinids. Scientific Reports, in press.

Fettermann, T., Fiori, L., Doshi, A., Breen, D., Bader, Stockin KA and Bollard-Breen B (2018). Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) show avoidance responses to a multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flying at 10 m altitude. Scientific Reports, in press.

Godoy DA & Stockin KA (2018). Anthropogenic impacts on green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in New Zealand. Endangered Species Research, in press.

Machovsky-Capuska G, Miller M,  Fabiola RO, Amiot C, Stockin KA, Senior A, Schuckard R, Melville D & Raubenheimer D (2018). The nutritional nexus: linking niche, habitat variability and prey composition in a generalist marine predator. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press.

Hupman K, Stockin KA, Pollock K, Pawley M, Dwyer SL, Lea C & Tezanos-Pinto G (2018). Challenges of implementing mark-recapture studies on poorly marked gregarious delphinids: Common dolphins (Delphinussp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. PLoS One, 13(7): e0198167. PDF

Barlow RD, Torres LG, Hodge KB, Steel D, Baker CS, Chandler TE, Bott N, Constantine R, Double MC, Gill P, Glasgow D, Hamner RM, Lilley C, Ogle M, Olson PA, Peters CStockin KA, Tessaglia-Hymes, CT & Klinck H (2018). Documentation of a New Zealand blue whale population based on multiple lines of evidence Endangered Species Research 36, 27-40. PDF


Hupman KEPawley MDMLea C, Grimes C, Voswinkel S, Roe WD & Stockin KA. (2017). Viability of photo-identification as a tool to examine the prevalence of lesions on free-ranging common dolphins (Delphinus sp.). Aquatic Mammals 43(3) 264-278. PDF

Filby NE, Christiansen F, Scarpaci C & Stockin KA (2017). Effects of swim-with-dolphin tourism on the behaviour of a threatened species, the Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis). Endangered Species Research, 32, 479-490. PDF

Pearson HC, Jones, PW, Srinivasan M, Lundquist D, Pearson CJ, Stockin KA & Machovsky-Capuska GE (2017). Testing and deployment of C-VISS (Cetacean-borne Video camera and Integrated Sensor System) on wild dolphins. Marine Biology 164: 42. PDF

Filby NEStockin KA & Scarpaci C (2017). Can Marine Protected Areas be developed effectively without baseline data? A case study for Burrunan dolphins (Tursiops australis). Marine Policy 77:152-163.  PDF


Dwyer SL, Clement DM, Pawley MDM & Stockin KA. (2016). Distribution and relative density of cetaceans in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 1-24. PDF

Godoy DASmith ANH, Limpus C & Stockin KA. 2016. The spatio-temporal distribution and population structure of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 1-17PDF

Machovsky-Capuska GE, Senior AM, Benn EC, Tait AH, Schuckard R, Stockin KA, Cook W, Ogle M, Barna K, Melville D, Wright B, Purvin C & Raubenheimer D. 2016. Sex-specific macronutrient foraging strategies in a highly successful marine predator: the Australasian gannet. Marine Biology. 163: 1-14. PDF

Senigaglia V, Christiansen F, Bejder L, Gendron D, Lundquist D, Noren DP, Schaffar A, Smith JC, Williams R, Martinez EStockin KA & Lusseau D 2016. Meta-analyses of whale-watching impact studies: Comparisons of cetacean responses to disturbance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 542: 251–263. PDF


Filby NE, Stockin KA & Scarpaci C. 2015. Social science as a vehicle to improve dolphin swim tour operator compliance? Marine Policy 51: 40-47. PDF

Jordan FFJ, Murphy S, Martinez E, Amiot C, Van Helden A & Stockin KA. 2015. Criteria for assessing maturity of skulls in the common dolphin, Delphinus sp., from New Zealand waters. Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/mms.12229. PDF

Meissner AM, Christiansen F, Martinez EPawley MDMOrams MB Stockin KA. 2015. Behavioural effects of tourism on oceanic common dolphins, Delphinus sp., in New Zealand: The Effects of Markov Analysis Variations and Current Tour Operator Compliance with Regulations. PLoS ONE 10: e0116962. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116962. PDF

Srinivasan M, Dassis M, Benn E, Stockin KAMartinez E & Machovsky-Capuska GE. 2015. Using non-systematic surveys to investigate effects of regional climate variability on Australasian gannets in the Hauraki Gulf. Journal of Sea Research 99: 74-82 PDF


Dwyer SLTezanos-Pinto G, Visser IN, Pawley MDMMeissner AM, Berghan J & Stockin KA. 2014. Overlooking a potential hotspot at Great Barrier Island for the nationally endangered bottlenose dolphin of New Zealand. Endangered Species Research 25: 97-114. PDF

Dwyer SL, Kozmian-Ledward L & Stockin KA. 2014. Short-term survival of severe propeller strike injuries and observations on wound progression in a bottlenose dolphin. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 48: 294-302. PDF

Filby NEStockin KA & Scarpaci C. 2014. Long-term responses of Burrunan dolphins (Tursiops australis) to swim-with dolphin tourism in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia: a population at risk. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 62-71. PDF

Hupman K, Visser IN, Martinez E & Stockin KA. 2014. Using platforms of opportunity to determine the occurrence and group characteristics of orca (Orcinus orca) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 49: 132-149. PDF

Machovsky-Capuska GE, Hauber ME, Libby E, Amiot C & Raubenheimer D. 2014. The contribution of private and public information in foraging by Australasian gannets. Animal Cognition 17: 849–858. PDF

Machovsky Capuska GE, Hauber ME, Dassis M, Libby E, Wikelski MC, Schuckard R, Melville D, Cook W, Houston M & Raubenheimer D. 2013. Foraging behaviour and habitat use of chick-rearing Australasian Gannets in New Zealand. Journal of Ornithology 155: 379–387. PDF

Murphy S, Perrott M, McVee J, Read FL & Stockin KA. 2014. Deposition of growth layer groups in dentine tissue of captive common dolphins Delphinus delphisNAMMCO Scientific Publications 10. PDF

Smith ANHAnderson MJ, Millar RB & Willis TJ. 2014. Effects of marine reserves in the context of spatial and temporal variation: an analysis using Bayesian zero-inflated mixed models. Marine Ecology Progress Series 499: 203–216. PDF

Stockin KA, Amaral AR, Latimer J, Lambert DM & Natoli A. 2014. Population genetic structure and taxonomy of the common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) at its southernmost range limit: New Zealand waters. Marine Mammal Science 30: 44-63PDF

Tait AH, Raubenheimer D, Stockin KA, Merriman MG & Machovsky-Capuska GE. 2014. 
Nutritional geometry and macronutrient variation in the diets of gannets: the challenges in marine field studies. Marine Biology 161: 2791-2801. PDF

Zaeschmar JR, Visser IN, Fertl D, Dwyer SL, Meissner AM, Halliday J, Berghan J, Donnelly D & Stockin KA. 2014. Occurrence of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) and their associations with common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off north-eastern New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 30: 594-608. PDF


Filby NE, Bossley M & Stockin KA. 2013. Behaviour of free-ranging short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in Gulf St. Vincent, South Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 61: 291-300. PDF

Machovsky Capuska GE,  Vaughn-Hirshorn R, Wursig B & Raubenheimer D. 2013. Can gannets select their diving profile prior to submergence? Notornis 60: 255-257. PDF

Martinez E & Stockin KA. 2013. Blunt trauma observed in a common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) likely caused by a vessel collision in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Pacific Conservation Biology 19: 19-27. PDF

Tezanos-Pinto G, Constantine R, Brooks L, Jackson JA, Mourão F, Wells S & Baker CS. 2013. Decline in local abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 29: E390-E410. PDF

Zaeschmar JRDwyer SL & Stockin KA. 2013. Rare observations of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) cooperatively feeding with common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 29: 555-562. PDF 


Amaral AR, Beheregaray LB, Bilgmann K, Freitas L, Robertson KM, Sequeira M, Stockin KA, Coelho MM & Möller LM. 2012. Influences of past climatic changes on historical population structure and demography of a cosmopolitan marine predator, the common dolphin (genus Delphinus). Molecular Ecology 21: 4854-4871. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05728.x) PDF

Amaral AR, Beheregaray LB, Bilgmann K, Boutov D, Freitas L, Robertson KM, Sequeira M, Stockin KA, Coelho MM & Möller LM. 2012. Seascape Genetics of a Globally Distributed, Highly Mobile Marine Mammal: The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (Genus Delphinus). PLoS One 7: e31482. PDF

Aidala Z, Huynen L, Brennan PLR, Musser J, Fidler A, Chong N, Machovsky Capuska GE, Anderson MG, Talaba A, Lambert D & Hauber ME. 2012. Ultraviolet visual sensitivity in three avian lineages: paleognaths, parrots, and passerines. Journal of Comparative Physiology A (DOI 10.1007/s00359-012-0724-3). PDF

Machovsky Capuska GE, Howland HC, Raubenheimer D, Vaughn-Hirshorn R, Wursig B,Hauber ME & Katzir G. 2012. Visual accommodation and active pursuit of prey underwater in a plunge-diving bird: the Australasian gannet. Proceedings of the Royal Society (DOI:10.1098/rspb.2012.1519) PDF

Martinez E, Orams MB, Pawley MDM & Stockin KA. 2012. The use of auditory stimulants during swim encounters with Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) in Akaroa Harbour, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 28: E295-375PDF

Petrella V, Martinez E, Anderson MG & Stockin KA. 2012. Whistle characteristics of common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science. 28: 479-496. PDF

Sales M, Ballesteros E, Anderson MJ, Ivesa L & Cardona E. 2012. Biogeographical patterns of algal communities in the Mediterranean Sea: Cystoseira crinita-dominated assemblages as a case study. Journal of Biogeography 39: 140-152. PDF

Schuckard R, Melville DS, Cook W & Machovsky Capuska GE. 2012. Diet of Australasian gannet (Morus serrator) at Farewell Spit, New Zealand. Notornis 59: 66-70. PDF

Smith ANH, Anderson MJ, & Millar RB. 2012. Incorporating the intraspecific occupancy-abundance relationship into zero-inflated models. Ecology 93(12): 2526-2532. PDF

Zintzen V, Anderson MJ, Roberts CD, Harvey ES, Stewart AL & Struthers CD. 2012. Diversity and composition of demersal fishes along a depth gradient assessed by baited remote underwater stereo-video. PLoS One 7: e48522. PDF


Clemens S, Boss R, Light A & Stockin KA. 2011. Attack on little blue penguin by a New Zealand fur seal. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 38: 333-336. PDF

Dwyer SL & Visser IN. 2011. Cookie cutter shark (Isistius sp.) bites on cetaceans, with particular reference to killer whales (orca) (Orcinus orca). Aquatic Mammals 37: 111-138. PDF

Machovsky Capuska GE, Dwyer SL, Alley MR, Stockin KA & Raubenheimer D. 2011. Evidence for fatal collisions and kleptoparasitism while plunge diving in Gannets. Ibis 153: 631-635. PDF

Machovsky Capuska GE, Huynen L, Lambert D & Raubenheimer D. 2011. UVS is rare in seabirds. Vision Research 51: 1333-1337. PDF

Machovsky Capuska GE, Vaughn RL, Wuersig B, Katzir G & Raubenheimer D. 2011. Dive strategies and foraging effort in Australian gannet Morus serrator revealed by underwater videography. Marine Ecology Progress Series 442: 255-261. PDF

Martinez E & Orams MB. 2011. 'Kia angi puku to hoe i te wai'. Ocean noise and tourism. Tourism in Marine Environments 7: 191-202. PDF

Martinez E, Orams MB & Stockin KA. 2011. Swimming with an endemic and endangered species: Effects of tourism on Hector's dolphins in Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Tourism Review International14: 99-115. PDF

Meissner AM, MacLeod CD, Richard P, Ridoux V & Pierce G. 2011. Feeding ecology of striped dolphins, Stenella coeruleoalba, in the north-western Mediterranean Sea based on stable isotope analyses. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. (DOI:10.1017/S0025315411001457)PDF

Wiseman N, Parsons S, Stockin KA & Baker, CS. 2011. Seasonal occurrence and distribution of Bryde's whales in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 27: E253-E267. PDF


Filby NE, Bossley M, Sanderson KJ, Martinez E & Stockin KA. 2010. Distribution and population demographics of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in the Gulf of St. Vincent, South Australia. Aquatic Mammals 36: 33-45. PDF

Meynier L, Morel PCH, Chilvers BL, Mackenzie S & Duignan PJ. 2010. Quantitative fatty acid signature analysis on New Zealand sea lions: model sensitivity and diet estimates. Journal of Mammalogy 91: 1484-1495. PDF

Stockin KA, Law RJ, Roe WDMeynier LMartinez E, Duignan PJ, Bridgen P & Jones B. 2010. PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in Hector’s (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) and Maui’s (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) dolphins. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 834-842. PDF

Visser IN, Zaeschmar J, Halliday J, Abraham A, Ball P, Bradley R, Daly S, Fatwell T, Johnson T, Johnson W, Kay L, Maessen T, McKay V, Peters T, Turner N, Umuroa B & Pace DS. 2010. First record of predation on false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) by killer whales (Orcinus orca). Aquatic Mammals 36: 195-204. PDF


Lusseau D, Bain DE, Williams R & Smith JC. 2009. Vessel traffic disrupts foraging behaviour of southern resident killer whales. Endangered Species Research 6:211-221. PDF

Merriman MG, Markowitz TM, Harlin-Cognato AD & Stockin KA. 2009. Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) abundance, site fidelity and movement patterns in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Aquatic Mammals 35: 511-522. PDF

Meynier L, Mackenzie DDS, Duignan PJ, Chilvers BL & Morel PCH. 2009 Variability in the diet of New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) at the Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 25:302-326. PDF

Stockin KA & Orams MB. 2009. The status of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) within New Zealand waters. Journal of Cetacean Research Management. SC/61/SM20. PDF

Stockin KA, Binedell V, Wiseman N, Brunton DH & Orams MB. 2009. Behaviour of free-ranging common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 25:283-301. PDF

Stockin KA, Duignan PJ, Roe WDMeynier L, Alley M & Fettermann T. 2009.  Causes of mortality in stranded common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) from New Zealand waters between 1998 and 2008. Pacific Conservation Biology 15:217-227. PDF

Williams R, Bain DE, Lusseau D & Smith JC. 2009. Effects of vessel traffic on behaviour patterns of individual southern resident killer whales (Orcinus orca). Endangered Species Research 6:199-209. PDF


Berghan J, Algie KD, Stockin KA, Wiseman N, Constantine R, Tezanos-Pinto G & Mourao F. 2008.  Photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Hauraki Gulf.  New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 42:465-472. PDF

Meynier L, Morel PCH, Chilvers BL, Mackenzie DDS, MacGibbon A & Duignan PJ. 2008. Temporal and sex differences in the blubber fatty acid profiles of the New Zealand sea lion Phocarctos hookeri. Marine Ecology Progress Series 366:271-279. PDF

Meynier LStockin KA, Bando MKH & Duignan PJ. 2008. Stomach contents from common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) from New Zealand waters. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 42:257-268. PDF

Meynier L, Pusineri C, Spitz J, Santos MB, Pierce GJ & Ridoux V. 2008. Intraspecific dietary variation in the short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis in the Bay of Biscay: the importance of fat fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 354:277-287. PDF

Stockin KA, Wiseman N, Hartman A, Moffat N & Roe WD. 2008. The use of radiography to determine age class and assist with the post-mortem diagnostics of a Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei). New ZealandJournal of Marine and Freshwater Research 42:307-313. PDF

Stockin KA, Pierce GJ, Binedell V, Wiseman NJ & Orams MB. 2008. Factors affecting the occurrence and demographics of common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. Aquatic Mammals 34:200-211. PDF

Stockin KA, Lusseau D, Binedell V, Wiseman NJ & Orams MB. 2008. Tourism affects the behaviour budget of common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Ecology Progress Series 355:287-295. PDF

Weir CR, Hepworth K, Sim I & Stockin KA. 2008. A long-term opportunistic photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Aberdeenshire (UK): Conservation value and limitations. Aquatic Mammals 34:436-447. PDF


Stockin KA, Law RJ, Duignan PJ, Jones GW, Porter L, Mirimin L, Meynier L & Orams MB. 2007. Trace elements, PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in New Zealand common dolphins (Delphinus sp.). Science of the Total Environment :333-345. PDF

Pusineri C, Magnin V, Meynier L, Spitz  J, Hassani S & Ridoux V. 2007. Food and feeding ecology of the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the oceanic northeast Atlantic and comparison with its diet in neritic areas. Marine Mammal Science 23:30-47. PDF

Weir CR, Stockin KA, & Pierce GJ. 2007. Spatial and temporal trends in the relative abundance of harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and minke whales Aberdeenshire (UK), western North Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 87:327-338. PDF


Burgess EA, Booth DT & Lanyon JM. 2006. Swimming performance of hatchling green turtles is affected by incubation temperature. Coral Reefs 25:341-349. PDF

Neumann DR & Orams MB. 2006. Impacts of ecotourism on short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in Mercury Bay, New Zealand. Aquatic Mammals 32:1-9. PDF

Stockin KA, Weir CR, & Pierce GJ. 2006. Examining the importance of Aberdeenshire (UK) coastal waters for North Sea bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 86:201-207. PDF


Stockin KA & Visser IN. 2005. Anomalously pigmented common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) off Northern New Zealand. Aquatic Mammals 31:43-51. PDF

Stockin KA & Burgess EA. 2005. Opportunistic feeding of an adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating along the coast of South-East Queensland, Australia. Aquatic Mammals 31:120-123. PDF

Sini M, Canning SJ, Stockin KA & Pierce GJ. 2005. Bottlenose dolphins at Aberdeen harbour, NE Scotland. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85:1547-1554. PDF

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Booth DT, Burgess EA, McCosker J & Lanyon JM. 2004. The influence of incubation temperature on post-hatching fitness characteristics of turtles. International Congress Series 1275: 226-233. PDF

Neumann DR & Orams MB. 2003. Feeding behaviours of short-beaked common dolphins, Delphinus delphis, in New Zealand. Aquatic Mammals 29:137-149.

Neumann DR, Leitenberger A & Orams MB. 2002. Photo-identification of short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) along the north-east coast of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research: 593-604. PDF

Neumann DR, Russell K, Orams MB, Baker CS & Duignan P. 2002. A new method for identifying mature male short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) at sea, based on the presence of a postanal hump. Aquatic Mammals 28:181-187. PDF

Neumann DR. 2001. Seasonal movements of short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in the north-western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand: influence of sea surface temperature and El Nino/La Nina. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 35: 371-374. PDF

Neumann DR. 2001. The activity budget of free-ranging common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in the northwestern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Aquatic Mammals 27: 121-136. PDF

Orams MB. 2004. Why dolphins may get ulcers: Considering the impacts of cetacean based tourism in New Zealand. Tourism in Marine Environments 1:17-28. PDF

Orams MB. 2003. Beaches as a tourism attraction: A management challenge for the 21st century. Journal of Coastal Research (special issue) 35:74-84. PDF

Orams MB. 2002. Feeding wildlife as a tourism attraction: Issues and impacts. Tourism Management, 23:281-293. PDF

Orams MB. 2002. Humpback whales in Tonga: An economic resource for tourism. Coastal Management 30:361-380. PDF

Orams MB. 2002. Marine ecotourism as a potential agent for sustainable development in Kaikoura, New Zealand. International Journal of Sustainable Development 5:338-352. PDF

Orams MB. 2001. From whale hunting to whale watching in Tonga: A sustainable future? Journal of Sustainable Tourism 9:128-146. PDF

Orams MB. 2000. Tourists getting close to whales, is it what whale watching is all about? Tourism Management 21:561-569. PDF

Orams MB & Page SJ. 2000. Designing self-reply questionnaires to survey tourists: Issues and guidelines for researchers. Anatolia – International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research 11:125-140. PDF

Stockin KA, Fairbairns RS, Parsons ECM, Sims DW & Gordon JCD. 2001. A note on the effects of diel and seasonal cycles on the dive duration of the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 81: 189-190. PDF