Whale Shark Behaviour
Our latest paper from our sudies in Oslob shows behavioural modification & adaptation in responso to stimuli. Compliance of the industry is also addressed.
The green sea turtle Chelonia mydas leads a pelagic life until they reach >20cm when they take to neritic habitats. What keeps them there and for how long?
Araujo G, Rohner CA, Labaja J, Conales SJ, Snow SJ, Murray R, Pierce SJ, Ponzo A. (2018) Satellite tracking of juvenile whale sharks in the Sulu and Bohol Seas, Philippines. PeerJ 6:e5231 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5231
Rambahiniarison JM, Lamoste MJ,  Rohner CA,  Murray R,  Snow SJ,  Labaja J, Araujo G, Ponzo A. (2018). Life History, Growth, and Reproductive Biology of Four Mobulid Species in the Bohol Sea, Philippines. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:269. 
McCoy E, Burce R, David D, Aca EQ, Hardy J, Labaja J, Snow SJ, Ponzo A, Araujo G. (2018). Long-term photo-identification reveals the population dynamics and strong site fidelity of adult whale sharks to the coastal waters of Donsol, Philippines. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:271.  

Scientific Publications​ 

Ziegler JA, Silberg JN, Araujo G, Labaja J, Ponzo A, Rollins R, Dearden P. (2018) A guilty pleasure: Tourist perspectives on the ethics of feeding whale sharks in Oslob, Philippines. Tourism Management. Oct 31;68:264-74. 
Norman BM, Holmberg JA, Arzoumanian Z, Reynolds S, Wilson RP, Rob D, Pierce SJ, Gleiss AC, de La Parr R, Galvan B, Ramirez-Macias D, Robinson D, Fox S, Graham R, Rowat D, Potenski M, Levine M, McKinney JA, Hoffmayer E, Dove A, Hueter R, Ponzo A, Araujo G, Aca E, David D, Rees R, Duncan A, Rohner CA, Prebble CEM, Hearn A, Acuna D, Berumen ML, Vazquez A, Green J, Bach SS, Schmidt JV, Beatty S, Morgan DL. (2017) Undersea Constellations: The Global Biology of an Endangered Marine Megavertebrate Further Informed through Citizen Science. Bioscience link here ​​
Thomson J., Araujo G., Labaja J., McCoy E., Murray R., Ponzo A. (2017) Feeding the world’s largest fish: highly variable whale shark residency patterns at a provisioning site in the Philippines. Royal Society Open Science:
 Stewart JD., Rohner CA, Araujo G., Avila J., Fernando D., Forsberg K., Ponzo A., Rambahiniarison JM., Kurle CM., Semmens BX. (2017) Trophic overlap in mobulid rays: insights from stable isotope analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series:  https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12304
Schleimer A, Araujo G, Penketh L, Heath A, McCoy E, Labaja J, Lucey A, Ponzo A. (2015)Learning from a provisioning site: code of conduct compliance and behaviour of whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines. PeerJ 3:e1452 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1452
Araujo G, Lucey A, Labaja J, So CL, Snow S, et al. (2014) Population structure and residency patterns of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, at a provisioning site in Cebu, Philippines: PeerJ: 1–20. doi:10.7717/peerj.543
Araujo G, Snow SJ, Cornish A, Murray R, Delijero K, Ponzo A, Dygico M. (2018) Occurrence of the rare and Endangered Ornate Eagle Ray, Aetomylaeus vespertilio (Bleeker, 1852) (Chondrichthyes, Myliobatidae), at a remote marine protected area in the Philippines. Check List 14 (1): 1–5. https://doi.org/10.15560/14.1.1
Araujo G., Vivier F., Labaja J., Hartley D., Ponzo A. (2017) Assessing the impacts of tourism on the world's largest fish Rhincodon typus at Panaon Island, Southern Leyte, Philippines. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, AQC.2762.
Whale shark provisioning
Araujo G., Montgomery J., Pahang K., Labaja J., Murray R., Ponzo A. (2016) Using minimally invasive techniques to determine green sea turtle Chelonia mydas life-history parameters, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 483:25-30,
Rambahiniarison JM, Araujo G, Lamoste MJ, Labaja J, Snow S, Ponzo A. (2016First records of the reef manta ray Manta alfredi in the Bohol Sea, Philippines, and its implication for conservation. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity,

Araujo, G., Snow, S., So, C. L., Labaja, J., Murray, R., Colucci, A., and Ponzo, A. (2016) Population structure, residency patterns and movements of whale sharks in Southern Leyte, Philippines: results from dedicated photo-ID and citizen science. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst., doi:10.1002/aqc.2636
My latest conference abstracts and posters can be found on  https://www.lamave.org/publications
Araujo G, Labaja J, Murray R, McCoy E, Burce R, Snow S, Ponzo A. Philippines: using citizen science and dedicated research to understand a global hotspot for the world’s largest fish. IMCC5, Kuching, Malaysia, 2018.

Latest conference abstracts & posters

Araujo G, Labaja J, Snow S, Ponzo A. Pay-to-volunteer model to facilitate marine conservation interventions: an NGO case study from the Philippines. IMCC5, Kuching, Malaysia, 2018.
Rambahiniriason J, Lamoste MJ, Rohner CA, Murray R, Snow S, Labaja J, Araujo G, Ponzo A. Life History, Growth, and Reproductive Biology of Four Mobulid Species in the Bohol Sea, Philippines. IMCC5, Kuching, Malaysia, 2018.
Murray R, Robert G, Conales SJ, Araujo G, Rambahiniriason J, Songco A, Dygico M, Ponzo A. Baited Remote Underwater Video Reveals Low Abundances Of Sharks Across The Philippines But Marine Protected Areas Offer Respite. IMCC5, Kuching, Malaysia, 2018.
Araujo G,  Des Lauriers C, Labaja J, Lamost MJ, Snow S, Pahang K, Murray R, Ponzo A. Paired laser-photogrammetry determines growth rates of green sea turtles Chelonia mydas at a tropical aggregation in the Philippines. ISTS 38, Kobe, Japan, 2018.
Ponzo A, Lamoste MJ, Lewis D, Manasan E, Tualla IP, Pahang K, Snow S, Labaja J, Araujo G. Apo Island: a turtle hotspot in the Coral Triangle. ISTS 38, Kobe Japan, 2018.
Montgomery J., Yaptinchay AA., Enolva N., Araujo G., Ponzo A. Philippines: A Megamouth Hotspot. European Elasmobranch Association, Bristol, UK, 2016.
 Thomson J, Araujo G, Labaja J, Mccoy E, Murray R, Ponzo A. Daily abundance
and residency patterns of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) at a unique provisioning site in the
Philippines. QScience Proceedings (The 4th International Whale Shark Conference) 2016:iwsc4.5 http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2016.iwsc4.5
Araujo G, Thomson J, Labaja J, Snow S, Montgomery J, Ponzo A. Temperaturedepth-recorder
tags reveal modified diving behaviour by whale sharks at a provisioning site in Cebu,
Philippines. QScience Proceedings (The 4th International Whale Shark Conference) 2016:iwsc4.4 http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2016.iwsc4.4
Araujo G, So CL, Lucey A, Labaja J, Snow SJ, David DN, Ponzo A. Using Photo-ID in the Philippines to describe the largest aggregation of whale sharks in South East Asia through dedicated research effort and citizen science. IMCC3, Glasgow 2014:C26.2. http://birenheide.com/IMCC2014/program/singlesession.php3?sessid=C26