Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Diversity and Distributions
Aim: To obtain a plausible hypothesis for the historical distribution of North Atlantic right whales (NARWs) (Eubalaena glacialis) in their summer feeding grounds. Previously widespread in the North Atlantic, after centuries of hunt- ing, these whales survive as a small population off eastern North America. Because their exploitation began before formal records started, information about their historical distribution is fragmentary.
Boosted regression trees; Eubalaena; historical distribution; right whale; species distribution models; whaling
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Monserrat, Sophie; Pennino, Maria G.; Smith, Tim D.; Reeves, Randall R.; Meynard, Christine N.; Kaplan, David M.; and Rodrigues, Ana S.L., Historical summer distribution of the endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis): a hypothesis based on environmental preferences of a congeneric species (2015). Diversity and Distributions, 21(8), 925-937.