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Angliss RP, Ferguson MC, Hall P, Helker V, Kennedy AS, and Sformo T. (2018). Comparing manned to unmanned aerial surveys for cetacean monitoring in the Arctic: methods and operational results. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 6(3), 109-127.

Bamford CG, Jackson JA, Kennedy AK, Trathan PN, Staniland IJ, Andriolo A et al. (2022) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) distribution and movements in the vicinity of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography: 105074.

Calderan SV, Leaper RC, Miller BS, Andriolo A, Buss DL, Carroll EL, Kennedy AS, Stepien EN, Jackson JA (2021) Southern right whale vocalizations on foraging grounds in South Georgia. JASA Express Letters 1: 061202.

Clapham PJ and Kennedy AS.  (2009) Calculation of the yield of meat and other products from fin and minke whales taken in Greenland.  Paper. SC/61/AWMP6 presented to the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, Funchal, Madeira. June 2009.

Clarke JT, Kennedy AS, and Ferguson MC.  (2016) Bowhead and gray whale distributions, sighting rates, and habitat associations in the eastern Chukchi Sea, Summer and Fall 2009-15, with a retrospective comparison to 1982-91.  Arctic 69(4): 359-377.

Dahlheim MD, Zerbini AN, Waite JM, and Kennedy AS. (2015) Temporal changes in abundance for harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) inhabiting the inlands waters of Southeast Alaska.  Fishery Bulletin 113: 242-255.

Ferguson, MC, Angliss, RP, Kennedy, AS, Lynch, B, Willoughby, A, Helker, V, Brower, AA, and Clarke, JT.  (2018).  Performance of Manned and Unmanned Aerial Surveys for Estimating Arctic Cetacean Density and Associated Uncertainty.  Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems doi: 10.1139/juvs-2018-0002

Findlay KP, Seakamela SM, Meÿer MA, Kirkman SP, Barendse J, Cade DE, Hurwitz D, Kennedy AS, Kotze PG, McCue SA, and Thornton M. (2017)  Humpback whale “super-groups”–A novel low-latitude feeding behaviour of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Benguela Upwelling System. PloS one. 1;12(3):e0172002.

Garrigue C, Clapham PJ, Geyer Y, Kennedy AS, and Zerbini AN.  (2015) Satellite tracking reveals novel migratory patterns and the importance of seamounts for endangered South Pacific humpback whales.  Royal Society Open Science 2(11): 150489.

Hückstädt LA, Schwarz LK, Friedlaender AS, Mate BR, Zerbini AN, Kennedy AS, Robbins J, Gales NJ, Costa DP (2020) A dynamic approach to estimate the probability of exposure of marine predators to oil exploration seismic surveys over continental shelf waters. Endangered Species Research 42: 185–199.

Jackson J, Kennedy AS, Moore M, Andriolo A, Bamford C, Calderan S et al. (2020) Have whales returned to a historical hotspot of industrial whaling? The pattern of southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) recovery at South Georgia. Endangered Species Research. DOI:

Kennedy AS, Salden DR, and Clapham PJ. (2011) First high- to low-latitude match of an eastern North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica). Marine Mammal Science: 28(4): E539-E544

Kennedy AS, Zerbini AN, Vasquez OV, Gandilhon N, Clapham PJ, and Adam O.  (2013)  Local and migratory movements of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) satellite tracked in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Canadian Journal of Zoology: 8-17.

Kennedy AS, Zerbini AN, Rone BK, Clapham PJ. (2014)  Individual variation in movements of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) satellite-tracked in the eastern Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.  Endangered Species Research 23: 187-195

Kennedy AS and Clapham, PJ.  (2017)  From Whaling to Tagging: The Evolution of North Atlantic Humpback Whale Research in the West Indies.  Marine Fisheries Review 79(2); 23-37.

Kennedy AS, Carroll E, Baker CS, Bassoi M, Buss D, Collins MA et al. (2020) Whales return to the epicentre of whaling? Preliminary results from the 2020 cetacean survey at South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur). Paper. SC/68/CMP/22 presented to the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee.

LeDuc RG, Taylor BL, Martien KK, Robertson KM, Pitman RL, Salinas JC, Burdin AM, Kennedy AS, Wade PR, Clapham PJ, and Brownell RL.  (2013) Genetic analysis of right whale in the eastern North Pacific confirms severe extirpation risk. Endangered Species Research. doi: 10.3354/esr00440

Robbins J, Zerbini AN, Gales NJ, Gulland F, Double MC, Clapham PJ, Andrews-Goff V, Kennedy AS, Landry SC, Mattila DK, and Tackaberry J. (2013) Satellite tag effectiveness and impacts on large whales: preliminary results of a case study with Gulf of Maine humpback whales. In International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee. Edited by International Whaling Commission, Jeju, South Korea. p. 10.

Stevick PT, Bouveret L,  Gandilhon N, Rinaldi C, Rinaldi R, Broms F, Carlson C, Kennedy AS, Ward N, and Wenzel F.  (2019). Migratory destinations and timing of humpback whales in the southeastern Caribbean differ from those off the Dominican Republic.  Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 18: 127-133.

Stevick PT, Berrow SD, Bérubé M, Bouveret L, Broms F, Jann B, Kennedy A, Suárez PL, Meunier M, Ryan C, and Wenzel F. (2016)  There and back again: multiple and return exchange of humpback whales between breeding habitats separated by an ocean basin. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: 1; 96(04): 885-90

Wade P, Kennedy AS, LeDuc RG, Barlow J, Carretta J, Shelden K, Perryman W, Pittman R, Robertson K, Rone B, Salinas JC, Zerbini A, Brownell R, and Clapham PJ. (2011) The World’s Smallest Whale Population? Biology Letters 7: 83-85.

Wade P,  De Robertis, A, Hough K, Booth R,  Kennedy AS,  LeDuc R, Munger L, Napp J, Shelden K, Rankin S, Vasquez O, and Wilson C. (2011) Rare detections of North Pacific right whales in the Gulf of Alaska, with observations of their potential prey. Endangered Species Research 13: 99-109.

Zerbini AN, Baumgartner MF, Kennedy AS, Rone BK, Wade PR, and Clapham PJ.  (2014) Ecological and management implications of endangered North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) space-use patterns in the Bering Sea.  Marine Ecology Progress Series: Vol. 532: 269-281.

Conference Presentations

Kennedy AS and Robbins J.  Entanglement risk of bottom feeding humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine inferred from jaw scuffing analysis. 2005 Poster Presentation at the 16th Biennial Marine Mammal Conference; 12/12-12/16/2005. San Diego, CA.

Kennedy AS, Zerbini AN, Rone BK, and Clapham PJ.  Eastern North Pacific right whales; They do exist! 2010 Poster Presentation at the 2010 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  01/17-01/22/10.  Anchorage, AK

Kennedy AS, Zerbini AN, Vasquez O, Clapham P, Gandilhon N, Geyer Y, and Adam O.  Individual Variation in Movements of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) from Two Populations Satellite-Tracked in the Bering Sea and West Indies.  Poster Presentation at the 19th Biennial Marine Mammal Conference; 11/28-12/03/2011.  Tampa, FL.

Kennedy AS, Zerbini AN, Robbins J, Clapham PJ, Lindstrom T.  Assessing implantable satellite tag extrusion using light sensors.  Poster Presentation at the 20th Biennial Marine Mammal Conference; 12/08-12/13/2013.  Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kennedy AS, Zerbini AN, Clapham PJ, and Robbins J.  The use of Argos-monitored satellite tags as a tool for understanding large whale ecology and management.  Oral presentation at the International User Conference on Argos Wildlife Applications.  11/17-11/19/2014.  Baltimore, MD (USA).

Kennedy AS, Rone BK, Zerbini AN, and Clapham PJ. Fine‑scale movement and dive behavior of gray whales satellite‑tracked in the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas.  Oral presentation at the 21st Biennial Marine Mammal Conference, San Francisco, CA, 13-19 December, 2015.

Kennedy AS, and Stevick P.  Migratory movements of North Atlantic humpback whales revealed by telemetry and photographic identification.  Oral presentation at the Large Whale Migration Workshop, 21st Biennial Marine Mammal Conference, San Francisco, CA, 13-19 December, 2015.