Daryl J. Boness



Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA


Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Hollins University, Roanoke, VA


Marine mammal behavior

ecology and conservation; behavioral ecology; mammalian reproductive strategies


Research Interests

Mating systems and parental care strategies of marine mammals and birds;
Marine mammal conservation and policy

Selected Publications

Schwartz, MK, Boness, DJ, Schaeff, CM, Majluf, PM, Perry, EA, & Fleischer, RC. 1999. Female solicited extra-pair matings in Humboldt penguins fail to produce extra-pair fertilizations. Behavioral Ecology 10:242_250.

Ambs, S, Boness, DJ, Bowen, WD, & Fleischer, RC. 1999. Proximate factors associated with high levels of extra-consort fertilizations in polygynous grey seals. Anim. Behaviour 58:527_535.

Boness, DJ, Clapham, PJ, & Mesnick, SL. 2002. Life history and reproductive strategies of marine mammals. In: Marine Mammal Biology: An Evolutionary Approach. R. Hoelzel (ed.). Blackwell Science, Oxford, U.K., Pp. 278_324.

Perry, EA, Boness, DJ, & Insley, SJ. 2002. Do sonic booms affect the reproductive behavior of grey seals and harbor seals? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 111:599_609.

Taylor, SS, Leonard, ML, Boness, DJ, & Majluf, P. 2004, Foraging patterns in non-breeding Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti). Marine Ornithology 32:63_67.

Lidgard, DC, Boness, DJ, McMillan, JI, Fleischer, RC, & Bowen, W.D. 2004. Reproductive success of male mating tactics in the polygynous grey seal. Mol. Ecology 13:3543_3548.

Paredes, R, Jones, IL, & Boness, DJ. 2006. Parental roles of male and female thick-billed murres and razorbills at Gannet Island, Labrador. Behaviour 143:451_481.

Boness, DJ, Bowen, WD, Buhleier, BM, & Marshall, GJ. 2006. Male mating tactics and mating system of an aquatic-mating pinniped: the harbor seal, Phoca vitulina. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61(1):119_130.

Bowen, WD, Iverson, SJ, McMillan, JI, & Boness, DJ. 2006. Reproductive performance in grey seals: age-related improvement and senescence in a capital breeder. J. Anim. Ecol. 75:1340_1351.

Noren, SR, Boness, DJ, Iverson, SJ, McMillan, J, & Bowen, WD. 2008. Body condition at weaning affects the duration of the postweaning fast in gray seal pups (Halichoerus grypus). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81(1):269_277.

Lidgard, D.C., Boness, D.J., Bowen, W.D., and McMillan, J.I. 2008. The implications of stress on male mating behavior and success in a sexually dimorphic polygynous mammal, the grey seal. Hormones and Behavior 53(1):241_248.

Boness, DJ. Estrus and estrus behavior. 2009. In: The Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 2nd Edition, Perrin, W.F., Wursig, B., and Thewissen, H.G.M. (eds.). Academic Press, San Diego, CA, Pp. 384_388.

Daryl Boness

Daryl J. Boness



Research Associate Faculty, Chairman of U.S. Marine Mammal Commission; Editor-in-Chief of Marine Mammal Science



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