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  1. Wege M, Bornemann H, & Bester MN (2023). The nightlife of a Ross seal: Diving and haul-out behaviour from the eastern Weddell Sea. Antarctic Science, 35, 31-42.

  2. Bester LC, Wege M & Pirk CWW (2023) The influence of sublethal neonicotinoid doses on individual Apis mellifera scutellata thermotolerance. Apidologie, 54 (1), art. no. 7.


  1. Gutt J, Arndt S, Barnes DKA, Bornemann H, Brey T, Eisen O, Flores H, Griffiths H, Haas C, Hain S, Hattermann T, Held C, Hoppema M, Isla E, Janout M, Le Bohec C, Link H, Mark FC, Moreau S, Trimborn S, van Opzeeland I, Pörtner H-O, Schaafsma F, Teschke K, Tippenhauer S, Van de Putte A, Wege M, Zitterbart D, Piepenburg D (2022) Reviews and syntheses: A framework to observe, understand, and project ecosystem response to environmental change in the East Antarctic Southern Ocean. Biogeosciences 19, 5313-5342.

  2. LaRue, M., Brooks C., Wege M., Salas L. & Gardiner N. 2022. High-resolution satellite imagery meets the challenge of monitoring remote marine protected areas in the Antarctic and beyond. Conservation Letters.

  3. Purser, A., Hehemann, L., Boehringer, L., Tippenhauer, S., Wege, M., Bornemann, H., Pineda-Metz, S. E. A., Flintrop, C. M., Koch, F., Hellmer, H. H., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Janout, M., Werner, E., Glemser, B., Balaguer, J., Rogge, A., Holtappels, M., & Wenzhoefer, F. (2022). A vast icefish breeding colony discovered in the Antarctic. Current Biology, 32(4), 842-820.e4.

  4. Reisinger RR, Corney S, Raymond B, Lombard AT, Bester MN, Crawford RJM, Davies D, De Bruyn PJN, Dilley BJ, Kirkman SP, Makhado AB, Ryan PG, Schoombie S, Stevens KL, Tosh CA, Wege M, Whitehead TO, Sumner MD, Wotherspoon S, Friedlaender AS, Cotté C, Hindell MA, Ropert‐Coudert Y & Pistorius PA (2022). Habitat model forecasts suggest potential redistribution of marine predators in the southern Indian Ocean. Diversity and Distributions, 28, 142-159.


  1. Wege, M., Salas, L., & Larue, M. (2021). Ice matters : Life- ­ history strategies of two Antarctic seals dictate climate change eventualities in the Weddell Sea. Global Change Biology, 27, 6252-6262.

  2. Wege, M., Bornemann, H., Blix, A. S., Nordøy, E. S., Biddle, L., & Bester, M. N. (2021). Distribution and Habitat Suitability of Ross Seals in a Warming Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 659430.

  3. Bester, M. N., Lübcker, N., Haddad, W., Bornemann, H., & Wege, M. (2021). Antarctic pack ice seal observations during spring across the Lazarev Sea. Polar Record, 57, e12.

  4. McMahon CR, Roquet F, Baudel S, Belbeoch M, Bestley S, Blight C, Boehme L, Carse F, Costa DP, Fedak MA, Guinet C, Harcourt R, Heslop E, Hindell MA, Hoenner X, Holland K, Holland M,
    Jaine FRA, Jeanniard du Dot T, Jonsen I, Keates TR, Kovacs KM, Labrousse S, Lovell P, Lydersen C, March D, Mazloff M, McKinzie MK, Muelbert MMC, O’Brien K, Phillips L, Portela E, Pye J, Rintoul S, Sato K, Sequeira AMM, Simmons SE, Tsontos VM, Turpin V, van Wijk E, Vo D, Wege M, Whoriskey FG, Wilson K and Woodward B (2021) Animal Borne Ocean Sensors –
    AniBOS – An Essential Component of the Global Ocean Observing System. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8:751840. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.751840


  1. Bestley, S., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Bengston Nash, S., Brooks, C. M., Cotté, C., Dewar, M., Friedlander, A., Jackson, J. A., Labrousse, S., Lowther, A. D., McMahon, C. R., Phillips, R. A., Pistorius, P. A., Puskic, P. S., Olivia de A. Reis, A., Reisinger, R. R., Santos, M., Tarszisz, E., Tixier, P., Trathan, P. N., Wege, M. & Wienecke, B. (2020). Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean: birds and marine mammals. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 566936.

  2. Wege, M., Salas, L., LaRue, M. (2020) Citizen science and habitat modelling facilitates conservation planning for crabeater seals in the Weddell Sea. Diversity and Distributions 20, 1291-1304.

  3. Requena, S., Oppel, S., Bond, A. L., Hall, J., Cleeland, J., Crawford, R. J. M., Davies, D., Dilley, B. J., Glass, T., Makhado, A., Ratcliffe, N., Reid, T. A., Ronconi, R. A., Schofield, A., Steinfurth, A., Wege, M., Bester, M. N., & Ryan, P. G. (2020). Marine hotspots of activity inform protection of a threatened community of pelagic species in a large oceanic jurisdiction. Animal Conservation, 23 (5), 585-596.

  4. Bester, M .N., Wege, M., Oosthuizen, W.C., Bornemann, H. (2020) Ross seal distribution in the Weddell Sea: fact and fallacy. Polar Biology 43, 35-41. doi:10.1007/s00300-019-02610-4


  1. Wege, M., de Bruyn, P. J. N., Hindell, M. A., Lea, M. A., and Bester, M. N. (2019). Preferred, small-scale foraging areas of two Southern Ocean fur seal species are not determined by habitat characteristics. BMC Ecology. 19, 36. doi:10.1186/s12898-019-0252-x.

  2. Bester, M. N., Wege, M., and Glass, T. A. (2019). Increase of sub-Antarctic fur seals at the Tristan da Cunha Islands. Polar Biology 42, 231–235. doi:10.1007/s00300-018-2406-2.

  3. Bester, M. N., Wege, M., Lübcker, N., Postma, M., and Syndercombe, G. (2019). Opportunistic ship-based census of pack ice seals in eastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Polar Biology 42, 225–229. doi:10.1007/s00300-018-2401-7.

  4. du Toit, K. H., Mole, M. A., Wege, M., Reisinger, R. R., Oosthuizen, C. W., Shihlomule, Y. D., et al. (2019). Anomalous lanugo coat colourations in sub-Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis) pups born on Marion Island. Polar Biology, 42, 1053–1057. doi:10.1007/s00300-019-02487-3.


  1. Reisinger RR, Raymond B, Hindell MA, Bester MN, Crawford RJM, Davies D, Bruyn PJN de, Dilley BJ, Kirkman SP, Makhado AB, Ryan PG, Schoombie S, Stevens K, Sumner MD, Tosh CA, Wege M, Whitehead TO, Wotherspoon SJ, Pistorius PA (2018) Habitat modelling of tracking data from multiple marine predators identifies important areas in the Southern Indian Ocean. Diversity and Distributions 24:535–550


  1. Bester MN, Bester WA, Wege M, Schofield RA, Glass TA (2017) Vagrant leopard seal at Tristan da Cunha Island, South Atlantic. Polar Biology 40:1903–1905


  1. Arthur B, Hindell MA, Bester MN, Oosthuizen WC, Wege M, Lea MA (2016) South for the winter? Within-dive foraging effort reveals the trade-offs between divergent foraging strategies in a free-ranging predator. Functional Ecology 30:1623–1637

  2. Oosthuizen WC, de Bruyn PJN, Wege M, Bester MN (2016) Geographic variation in subantarctic fur seal pup growth: linkages with environmental variability and population density. Journal of Mammalogy 97:347–360

  3. Wege M, Etienne M-P, Oosthuizen WC, Reisinger RR, Bester MN, de Bruyn PJN (2016) Trend changes in sympatric Subantarctic and Antarctic fur seal pup populations at Marion Island, Southern Ocean. Marine Mammal Science 32:960–982

  4. Wege M, Tosh CA, de Bruyn PJN, Bester MN (2016) Cross-seasonal foraging site fidelity of subantarctic fur seals: implications for marine conservation areas. Marine Ecology Progress Series 554:225–239


  1. Arthur B, Hindell MA, Bester MN, Trathan PN, Jonsen ID, Staniland IJ, Oosthuizen WC, Wege M, Lea MA (2015) Return Customers: Foraging Site Fidelity and the Effect of Environmental Variability in Wide-Ranging Antarctic Fur Seals. PLoS One 10:e0120888

  2. Wege M, Nevoux M, de Bruyn PJN, Bester MN (2015) Multi-state mark-recapture models as a novel approach to estimate factors affecting attendance patterns of lactating subantarctic fur seals from Marion Island. Antarctic Science 27:252–262

  3. Wege M, Postma M, Tosh CA, Bruyn PJN De, Bester MN (2015) First confirmed record of a leucistic Antarctic fur seal pup born outside the Scotia Arc Islands. Polar Biology 38:569–571


  1. Bester MN, de Bruyn PJN, Oosthuizen WC, Tosh CA, McIntyre T, Reisinger RR, Postma M, Merwe DS Van Der, Wege M (2011) The Marine Mammal Programme at the Prince Edward Islands: 38 years of research. African Journal of Marine Science 33:511–521

  2. McIntyre T, Postma M, van der Merwe DS, Wege M, Bester MN (2011) Hitchhiking goose barnacles and their potential implications on the functioning of animal-borne instruments. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 41:218–223

  3. Postma M, Wege M, Bester MN, van der Merwe DS (2011) Inshore occurrence of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) at Subantarctic Marion Island. African Zoology 46:188–193

  4. Wege M, Bester MN, van der Merwe DS, Postma M (2011) Oedipus complex in an Antarctic fur seal pup ? Journal of Ethology 29:505–507


  1. de Bruyn PJN, Cameron EZ, Tosh CA, Oosthuizen WC, Reisinger RR, Mufanadzo NT, Phalanndwa MV, Postma M, Wege M, van der Merwe DS, Bester MN (2010) Prevalence of allosuckling behaviour in Subantarctic fur seal pups. Mammal Biology 75:555–560

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