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Peer-reviewed publications

Scheer, M. (in review) Behaviors of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) addressed towards human swimmers during experimental open water encounters off Helgoland (German Bight, North Sea).

Pagel, C., Scheer, M. & Lück, M. (2018) A rejoinder to comments on ‘Swim encounters with killer whales (Orcinus orca) off northern Norway: interactive behaviours directed towards human divers and snorkellers obtained from opportunistic underwater video recordings’. Journal of Ecotourism 17 (2): 192-201 DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2017.1375285 (...pdf...)

Pagel, C., Scheer, M. & Lück, M. (2017) Swim encounters with killer whales (Orcinus orca) off northern Norway: interactive behaviours directed towards human divers and snorkellers obtained from opportunistic underwater video recordings. Journal of Ecotourism 16 (2): 190-200. DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2016.1273939 (...pdf...)

Aguilar de Soto, N., Martín, V, Silva, M.A., Edler, R., Reyes, C., Carrillo, M, Schiavi, A., Morales, T., García-Ovide, B., Sánchez, A., García-Tavero, N., Steiner, L., Scheer, M., Gockel, R., Walker, D., Villa, E., Szlama, P., Eriksson, I.K., Tejedor, M., Pérez Gil, M., Quaresma, J., Bachara, W. & Carroll, E.L. (2017) True's beaked whales in Macaronesia. PeerJ 5:e3059 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3059 (...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...)


Book chapter

Pagel, C. D., Waltert, M., Scheer, M. & Lück, M. (in press) Having a whale of a time: In-water interactions with Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) and their direct behavioural responses. In: Lück, M., Liu, C. & Eisenstein, B. (Eds.): Title tba: Insights from the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT). Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt.

Scheer, M. (2018) German scientists meet pilot whales. In: Doak, W. (Ed.) Encounters with Whales – A Survey of Human/Whale Culture (…e-book...)

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 (...pdf...)


Conference presentations, thesis and reports

van Neer, A., Scheer, M. & Siebert, U. (2017) Grey seals and tourism on the island of Helgoland. Report to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR) of Schleswig-Holstein. 170 pages. Flintbek, Germany (german language)

Pagel, C.D., Scheer, M. & Lück, M. (2017) Swimming with wild orcas in Norway: Killer whale behaviours addressed towards snorkelers and divers in an unregulated whale watching market. In: Seeler, S., Lück, M. & Köchling, A. (eds.) Conference Programme & Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT): Ecotourism in the 21st Century, 15.-17. Nov. 2017, Auckland, New Zealand. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24257.86886 (...pdf…) and poster presentation (...pdf…)

Pagel, C.D., Scheer, M. & Lück, M. (2017) Swim-encounters with free-ranging killer whales (Orcinus orca) off northern Norway: Interactive behaviours directed towards human divers and snorkelers obtained from opportunistic underwater video recordings. IWC Document SC/67A/INFO 33 (13 pp) presented during the International Whaling Commission meeting, Bled, Slovenia, May 2017. (...pdf...)

Reyes, C., Aguilar de Soto, N., Martín, V., Silva, M.A., Edler, R., Carrillo, M., Schiavi, A., Morales, T., García-Ovide, B., Sánchez, A., García-Tavero, N., Steiner, L., Scheer, M., Gockel, R., Walker, D., Villa, E., Slazma, P. and Carroll, E.L. (2016) True's beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) in Macaronesia. Poster presented at the annual conference of the European Cetacean Society, Funchal, Madeira, 14-16 March 2016.

Pagel, C.D., Scheer, M. & Lück, M. (2015) Swim-encounters with free-ranging killer whales (Orcinus orca) off northern Norway: Interactive behaviours directed towards human divers and snorkelers obtained from opportunistic underwater video recordings. Presentation during the International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism, Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, 10-13 November 2015. (...pdf...)

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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