This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) program, a component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML). TOPP is a multi-institutional, multi-year large-scale biologging program that has deployed nearly 4300 tags on 23 marine species throughout the Pacific Ocean in a series of studies providing essential input into the effective management of marine ecosystems and conservation of top predator populations (www.topp.org).
Biologging technology allows researchers to take measurements from free-swimming marine animals as they move undisturbed through their environment. Recent advances in biologging technology, including electronic tag miniaturization and improved animal movement models, have revolutionized our understanding of the ecology of marine top predators and have permitted observations well beyond the reach of standard measurement techniques. As a result, biologging observations are used for basic ecological research, controlled experimental studies, physiological studies, and oceanographic observations of the in situ environment surrounding the animal. Long-term biologging observations are also used to understand the influence of climate variations, and to predict the potential impacts of climate change, on top predator movements.
Articles are presented in order of publication date and new TOPP articles will be added to the collection as they are published.
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PLOS ONE: published 15 May 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0036728
PLOS ONE: published 04 Jun 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0010960
PLOS ONE: published 28 May 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0010756
PLOS ONE: published 15 Jan 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0008677
PLOS ONE: published 28 Oct 2009 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0007623
PLOS ONE: published 07 Jul 2009 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0006151
PLOS ONE: published 05 Mar 2009 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0004711
PLOS ONE: published 24 Dec 2008 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0004016
PLOS Biology: published 15 Jul 2008 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.0060171
PLOS ONE: published 17 Oct 2007 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0001041