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Peer-reviewed publications

Scheer, M., Alves, L. C. Pinto de Sá, Ritter, F., Azevedo, A. de Freitas & Andriolo, A. (2014) Behaviors of botos and short-finned pilot whales during close encounters with humans: management implications derived from ethograms for food-provisioned versus unhabituated cetaceans. In J.B. Samuels (Ed.) Dolphins: Ecology, Behavior and Conservation Strategies (pp. 1-36). New York, U.S.A.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-63117-952-5 (please contact …me… to receive a PDF)

Scheer, M. (2013) Call vocalizations recorded among short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off Tenerife, Canary Islands. Aquatic Mammals 39(3): 306-313. DOI: 10.1578/AM.39.3.2013.306 (...pdf... and cover photography of volume 39(3) ...here...)

Scheer, M. (2010) Review of self-initiated behaviors of free-ranging cetaceans directed towards human swimmers and waders during open water encounters. Interaction Studies 11(3): 442–466.
DOI: 10.1075/is.11.3.07sch (...pdf...)

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (2004) Ethogram of selected behaviors initiated by free-ranging short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and directed to human swimmers during open water encounters. Anthrozoös 17(3): 244-257. DOI: 10.2752/089279304785643267 (...pdf...)

Hofmann, B., Scheer, M. & Behr, I.P. (2004) Underwater behaviors of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off Tenerife. Mammalia 68(2-3): 221-224. DOI: 10.1515/mamm.2004.020 (...pdf... and cover photography of volume 68(2-3) ...here...)


Conference presentations, thesis and reports

Scheer, M., Alves, L. C. Pinto de Sá, Ritter, F., Azevedo, A. de Freitas & Andriolo, A. (2014) Behaviors of botos and short-finned pilot whales during close encounters with humans: management implications derived from ethograms for food-provisioned versus unhabituated cetaceans. IWC Document SC/65b/WW01 (21 pp) presented during the International Whaling Commission meeting, Bled, Slovenia, May 2014. (...pdf...)

Scheer, M. & Ritter, F. (2013) Underwater bow-radiated noise characteristics of three types of ferries: implications for vessel-whale collisions in the Canary Islands, Spain. IWC Document SC/65a/HIM01 (11 pp) presented during the International Whaling Commission meeting, Jeju, Republic of Korea, June 2013. (...pdf...)

Scheer, M. & Ritter, F. (2013) Underwater bow-radiated noise characteristics of three types of ferries: implications for vessel-whale collisions in the Canary Islands, Spain. Poster presented at the annual conference of the European Cetacean Society, Setubal, Portugal, April 2013. (...pdf...)

Scheer, M. (2012) Catalogue of repetitive call vocalizations recorded among assemblages of short-finned pilot whales off Tenerife during two field seasons (1996 and 2001). Report to the Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, Gobierno de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain). 34 pages (...pdf...)

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (2003) Vocalizations of free-ranging short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus ) off Tenerife: signal repertoire and characteristics. European Research on Cetaceans 17 (...pdf...)

Scheer, M. (1999) Vocalizations and behavior of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the SW coast of Tenerife. Diploma Thesis, University of Bremen, Germany. 129 pages (german language). (...pdf...)

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (1998) Discrete pod-specific call repertoires among short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the SW coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Abstract World Marine Mammal Science Conference, 20-24. January, Monaco by European Cetacean Society and Society for Marine Mammalogy. (...pdf...)

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (1998) Interactions between whale watching vessels and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the sw coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands: behavioural implications. Unpublished report to the Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, La Laguna, Tenerife. 41 pages.

Scheer, M. (1998) Acoustic communication of cetaceans: studies on their vocalizations and experiments on language capacities. Unpublished report to the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst. 51 pages (german language).


Popular publications

Scheer, M. (2011) Swim encounters with wild whales and dolphins: a mutual pleasure? The Whale and Dolphin Magazine 1 (2) (...pdf...)

Scheer, M. (2008) Can dolphins heal? New scientific insights into dolphin-assisted therapy. Krankendienst 7: 208-211 (german language). (...pdf...)

Scheer, M. (2005) Healing dolphin behavior: between science and speculation. Krankendienst 7: 177-181 (german language). (...pdf...)


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