Zantis, L., E. L. Carroll, S. Nelms and T. Bosker. In Press. Marine mammals and microplastics: a systematic review and call for standardization. Environmental Pollution. Available here.

Van den Berg, G. L., E. Vermuelen, L. O. Valenzuela, M. Berúbé, A. Ganswidt, D. R. Gröcke, G. Hall, P. Hulva, P. Neveceralova, P. Palsbøll and E. L. Carroll. 2020. Decadal shift in foraging strategy of a highly migratory capital breeder. Global Change Biology. Available here and you can read my blog about this work here.

Vighi, M., A. Borrell, J. A. Jackson, E. L. Carroll, M. G. Pennino, and A. Aguilar. Accepted. The missing whales: relevance of “struck and lost” rates for the impact assessment of historical whaling in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science. Open Access and ‘Editor’s Choice’. 

Jackson, J., A. Kennedy, M. Moore, A. Andriolo, C. C. Bamford, S. Calderan, T. Cheeseman, G. Gittins, K. Groch, N. Kelly, R. Leaper, M. Leslie, S. Lurcock, B. Miller, J. Richardson, V. Rowntree, P. Smith, E. Stepien, G. Stowasser, P. Trathan, E. Vermeuelen, A. N. Zerbini and E.L. Carroll. 2020. Whales return to a historical hotspot of industrial whaling? The pattern of southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) recovery at South Georgia. Endangered Species Research. Open Access!

Carroll, E.L., P. Ott, L.F. McMillan, B. Galletti Vernazzani, P. Neveceralova, E. Vermeulen, O.E. Gaggiotti, A. Andriolo, C.S. Baker, C. Bamford, P. Best, E.. Cabrera,  S. Calderan, A. Chirife, R.M. Fewster, P.A.C. Flores, T. Frasier, T.R.O. Freitas, K. Groch, P. Hulva, A. Kennedy, R. Leaper, M. Leslie, M. Moore, L. Oliveira, J. Seger, E.N. Stepien, L.O. Valenzuela, A. Zerbini, and J. A. Jackson. 2020. Genetic diversity and connectivity of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) found in the Brazil and Chile-Peru wintering grounds and the South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur) feeding ground. Journal of Heredity. 111: 263-276. [Cover article] Open Access!

This work was covered by Oceanographic Magazine and South American media outlets.


Carroll, E.L., A. Hall, M. T. Olsen, A. B. Onoufriou, O.E. Gaggiotti, DJF Russell. Perturbation drives changing metapopulation dynamics in a top marine predator. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 287: 20200318.


McKay, A., F. Bailleul, E. L. Carroll, V. Andrews-Goff, C.S. Baker, J. Bannister , L. Boren, K. Carlyon, D.M. Donnelly, M. Double, S.D. Goldsworthy, R. Harcourt, D. Holman, A. Lowther, G.J. Parra, S.J. Childerhouse. PLoS One. Satellite derived offshore migratory movements of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) from Australian and New Zealand wintering grounds. 15(5): e0231577. Open Access!

See my Live Ocean blog on this work


Carroll, E. L., C. Charlton, E. Vermeulen, J. A. Jackson and P. Clarke (Eds). 2020. Roadmap to success for the International Whaling Commission – Southern Ocean Research Partnership (IWC-SORP) Theme 6 – the Right Sentinel for Climate Change: linking southern right whale foraging ecology to demographics, health and climate. Report of the Workshop at the World Marine Mammal Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 2019, Report SC_68B_CMP_22 submitted to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, UK. Available from ResearchGate.


Kennedy A, Carroll EL, Baker CS, Bassoi M, Buss D, Collins M, Calderan S, Ensor P, Leaper R, McDonald D, Olson P, Cheeseman T, Groch K, Hall A, Kelly N, Miller BS, Moore M, Rowntree V, Stowasser G, Trathan P, Valenzuela LO, Vermeulen E, Zerbini AN, and JA Jackson. 2020. Whales return to the epicentre of whaling? Preliminary results from the 2020 cetacean survey at South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur). Report SC68B/CMP/22 submitted to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, UK. Available from ResearchGate.



P. Brakes, S. R. X. Dall, L. M. Aplin, S. Bearhop, E. L. Carroll, P. Ciucci, V. Fishlock, J. K. B. Ford, E. C. Garland, S. A. Keith, P. K. McGregor, S. L. Mesnick, M. J. Noad, G. Notarbartolo di Sciara, M. M. Robbins, M. P. Simmonds, F. Spina, A. Thornton, P. R. Wade, M. J. Whiting, J. Williams, L. Rendell, H. Whitehead, A. Whiten, and C. Rutz. 2019. Animal culture and conservation. Science. 363: 1032-1034

This work comes from an initiative by the Convention on the Conservation on Migratory Species of Wild Animals to include animal culture in conservation and was covered by Radio New Zealand.


Carroll, E. L. R. Gallego, M. A. Sewell, J. Zeldis, L. Ranjard, H. A. Ross, L. K. Tooman, R. O’Rorke, R. D. Newcomb, and R. Constantine. 2019. Multi-locus DNA metabarcoding of zooplankton communities and scat reveal trophic interactions of a generalist predator. Nature Scientific Reports 9:281 [Top 100 in Ecology] Open Access!

This work was covered by the New Zealand Herald.


Carroll, E. L. & O. E. Gaggiotti. 2019. Making use of the social network in conservation genomics: integrating kinship and network analyses to understand connectivity. Invited Perspective for Molecular Ecology Resources. 19: 307 – 309 (23)


Harcourt, R., J. van der Hoop, S. Kraus, and E. L. Carroll. 2019. Future directions in Eubalaena spp: Comparative research to inform conservation. Invited Review to Frontiers in Marine Science. 5: 530 Open Access!


Hooker, S. K., N. Aguilar De Soto, R. W. Baird, E. L. Carroll, D. Claridge, L. Feyrer, P.J.O. Miller, A. Onoufriou G. Schorr, E. Siegal, and H. Whitehead. 2019. Future directions in research on beaked whales. Invited Review to Frontiers in Marine Science 5:514 Open Access!


Stokholm, I., T. Harkonen, K. Harding, U. Siebert, K. Lehnert, R. Dietz, J. Teilmann, A. Galatius, L. Worsoee Havmoeller, E. L. Carroll, A. Hall, and M. Tange Olsen. 2019. Phylogenomic insights to the origin and spread of Phocine Distemper Virus in European harbour seals in 1988 and 2002. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 133: 47-56. doi: 10.3354/dao03328


2016 – 2018


Carroll, E. L., R. Alderman, J. L. Bannister, M. Bérubé, P. B. Best, L. Boren, C. S. Baker, R. Constantine, K. Findlay, R. Harcourt, L. Lemaire, P. J. Palsbøll, N. J. Patenaude, V. J. Rowntree, J. Seger, D. Steel, L. O. Valenzuela, M. Watson, and O. E. Gaggiotti. 2018. Incorporating non-equilibrium dynamics into demographic history inferences of a migratory marine species. Heredity.122:53–68 [Best of Heredity: Reader’s Choice 2018]

This work was covered by online media and a podcast pick with Heredity.

Carroll, E. L., M. Bruford, J. A. DeWoody, G. Leroy, A. Strand, L. Waits, J. Wang. 2018. Next-generation genetic monitoring using minimally invasive sampling methods. Invited Review for a Special Issue of Evolutionary Applications. Open Access!


Leroy, G., E. L. Carroll, M. Bruford, J. A. DeWoody, A. Strand, L. Waits, J. Wang. 2017. Next-generation metrics for monitoring genetic erosion within populations of conservation concern Online ahead of print. Invited Review for a Special Issue of Evolutionary Applications. doi: 10.1111/eva.12564. Open Access!


Aguilar, N., V. Martin, M. Silva, R. Edler, C. Reyes, M. Carrillo, A. Schiavi, T. Morales, B. García-Ovide, A. Sánchez, N. García-Tavero, L. Steiner, M. Scheer, R. Gocker, D. Walker, and E. L. Carroll. 2017. A new colour for True´s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) in Macaronesia. PeerJ 5:e3059.

This paper went somewhat viral; covered by the New York Times, Time , the New Scientist and more…


Cammen, K., K. Andrews, E. L. Carroll, et al. 2016. Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing of marine mammals. Journal of Heredity. doi:10.1093/jhered/esw044 Open Access!


Carroll E. L., C. Reyes, O. E. Gaggiotti, et al. 2016. Pilot study to assess the utility of ddRAD sequencing in identifying species-specific and shared SNPs among Blainville’s (Mesoplodon densirostris) and Cuvier’s (Ziphius cavirostris) beaked whales. Report SC/66b/DNA03 presented to the International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, UK. Available here: SC_66b_DNA_03_ddRAD_Carroll


Torres, L., W. Rayment, C. Olavarria, D. Thompson, B. Graham, C. S. Baker, N. Patenaude, S. Bury, L. Boren, G. Parker and E. L. Carroll. 2016. Demography and ecology of southern right whales wintering at Campbell Island, New Zealand. Polar Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00300-016-1926-x.


Jackson, J.A., E.L. Carroll, T. Smith, A. Zerbini, N. Patenaude, C.S. Baker. 2016. An integrated approach to historical population assessment of the great whales: case of the New Zealand southern right whale. Royal Society Open Science 3: 150669.Open Access!


Carroll, E. L., R. M. Fewster, S. J. Childerhouse, N. J. Patenaude, L. Boren and C. S. Baker. 2016. Juvenile survival and fidelity in the New Zealand southern right whale (Eubalaena australis). PLoS One. e0146590. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0146590 Open Access!


2010 – 2015


Carroll, E. L., C.S. Baker, M. Watson, R. Alderman, J. Bannister, O.E. Gaggiotti, D. Gröcke, N. Patenaude, and R. Harcourt. 2015. Migratory traditions shape genetic structure of South Pacific southern right whales across a migratory networks. Nature Scientific Reports 5:16182 doi: 10.1038/srep16182 Open Access! 


Carroll, E. L., L. Brooks, C.S. Baker, et al. 2015. Assessing the design and power of capture-recapture studies to estimate population growth rate and abundance of the endangered Oceania humpback whale population. Endangered Species Research 28: 147-162. doi: 10.3354/esr00686 Open Access!


Constantine, R., E. L. Carroll, R. Stewart, D. Neale, A. Van Helden. 2014. First record of True’s beaked whale Mesoplodon mirusin New Zealand. Marine Biodiverstiy Records 7: e1


Carroll, E. L., J. Jackson, D. Paton, and T. Smith. 2014. Two intense decades of 19thcentury whaling precipitated rapid decline of right whales around New Zealand and east Australia. PLoS One 9(4): e93789. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093789 Open Access!


Vale, R. T. R, R. M. Fewster, E. L. Carroll, and N. Patenaude. 2014. Maximum likelihood estimation for model M(t,alpha) for capture-recapture data with misidentification. Biometrics 70:4 962-971 doi: 10.1111/biom.12195


Carroll E.L., Rayment, W., Alexander, A. et al. 2014. Re-establishment of former wintering grounds by New Zealand southern right whales. Marine Mammal Science 30: 206-220 doi:10.1111/mms.12031


Carroll, E. L., Childerhouse, S.J., Fewster, R. et al. 2013. Accounting for female reproductive cycles in a superpopulation mark-recapture framework. Ecological Applications 23, 1677-1690 [Cover article]

Carroll E.L., Childerhouse S.J., Christie M, et al. 2012. Paternity assignment and demographic closure in the New Zealand southern right whale. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05676.x.

Carroll E.L., Patenaude N.J., Alexander A.M., et al. 2011. Population structure and individual movement of southern right whales around New Zealand and Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 432, 257-268. Open Access!

Carroll E.L., Patenaude N.J., Childerhouse S., et al. 2011. Abundance of the New Zealand subantarctic southern right whale population estimated from photo-identification and genotype mark-recapture. Marine Biology 158, 2565-2575.

Jackson J.A., Patenaude N.J., Carroll E.L., Baker C.S. 2008. How few whales were there after whaling? Inference from contemporary mtDNA diversity. Molecular Ecology 17, 236-251.