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Sunday, 20 de October del 2019
I am a veterinarian and obtained my PhD in veterinary sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Immunology and Vaccinology, University of Liège, Belgium. I am currently Associate Scientist at the Peruvian Centre for Cetacean Research (CEPEC) and founder member of PRO DELPHINUS. I am also a member of the IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group (Switzerland) and Associate Editor of the Latin Journal of Aquatic Mammals, Brazil

My work at PRO DELPHINUS and CEPEC aims at developing the interest and respect of children from the fisherman communities for cetaceans, turtles, penguins and other aquatic wildlife, as well as to involve them in the conservation of the marine fauna. To this purpose and in collaboration with other members of PRO DELPHINUS and CEPEC, I gave environmental classes in schools, wrote booklets and pamphlets, helped to organize creative ‘marine’ workshops and gave guided visits to the ‘Museo de Delfines’ in Pucusana.

I also study the infectious agents (viruses and bacteria) that circulate in small cetaceans worldwide, investigate their epidemiology and examine their capacity to negatively affect the growth of these populations. Besides, I am exploring organic diseases of cetaceans to improve our knowledge of the pathological factors that may influence modal health, reproduction, net recruitment and population size. I have also been closely involved in the monitoring of small cetacean and sea turtle fisheries in Peru as well as in the in the collection of data on the natural history of cetaceans

  1. Scientific Publications on Marine Mammals
    Papers in Refereed Journals
    Osterhaus A.D.M.E., Vedder, L., Moutou, F., Van Bressem, M.-F. and Pastoret, P-P. 1988. La maladie des phoques en Europe. Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire, 132: 611-621

  2. Moutou, F., Van Bressem, M.-F. and Pastoret, P-P. 1989. Quel avenir pour les phoques de la mer du Nord? Cahiers d'Ethologie Appliquée, 9: 59-74.
  3. Pastoret, P-P., Van Bressem, M.-F., Diallo, A., Barrett, T., Tillé, A., Thiry, E., Lefèvre, P.C., Bostock, C., Idriss, A. and Bidjeh, K. 1991. La biologie des infections par morbillivirus. Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire, 135: 77-89
  4. Van Bressem, M.-F., De Meurichy, J., Chappuis, G., Spehner, D., Kieny, M-P. and Pastoret, P-P. 1991. Attempt to vaccinate orally harbour seals against phocid distemper. Veterinary Record, 129: 362.
  5. Van Bressem, M.-F., Visser, I.K.G., Van De Bildt, M.W.G., Teppema, J.S., Raga, J.A. and Osterhaus, A.D.M.E. 1991. Morbillivirus infection in Mediterranean striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). Veterinary Record, 129: 471-472.
  6. Osterhaus, A.D.M.E., Visser, I.K.G., De Swart, R.L., Van Bressem, M.-F., Van De Bildt, M.W.G., Orvell, C., Barrett, T. and Raga, J.A. 1992. Morbillivirus threat to Mediterranean monk seals? Veterinary Record, 130: 141-142
  7. Barrett, T., Visser, I.K.G., Mamaev, L., Goatley, L., Van Bressem, M.-F. and Osterhaus, A.D.M.E. 1993. Dolphin and porpoise morbilliviruses are genetically distinct from phocine distemper virus. Virology, 193: 1010-1012.
  8. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Reyes, J-C., Dekegel, D. and Pastoret, P-P. 1993. Evidence of poxvirus in dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) and Burmeister's porpoise (Phocoena spinipinnis) from coastal Peru. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 29: 109-113.
  9. Van Bressem, M.-F., Visser, I.K.G., De Swart, R.L., Orvell, C., Stanzani, L., Androukaki, E., Siakavara, K. and Osterhaus, A.D.M.E. 1993. Dolphin morbillivirus infection in different parts of the Mediterranean sea. Archives of Virology, 129: 235-242.
  10. Visser, I.K.G., Van Bressem, M.-F., De Swart, Van de Bildt, M.W.G., Vos, H.W., Van der Heijden, R.W.J., Saliki, J., Orvell, C., Kitching, P., Barrett, T. and Osterhaus, A.D.M.E. 1993. Characterization of morbilliviruses isolated from dolphins and porpoises in Europe. Journal of General Virology, 74: 631-641.
  11. Visser, I.K.G., Van Bressem, M.-F., Barrett, T. and Osterhaus, A.D.M.E. 1993. Morbillivirus infections in aquatic mammals. Veterinary Research: 24, 169-178.
  12. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Garcia-Godos, A., Dekegel, D. and Pastoret, P-P. 1994. Herpes-like virus in dusky dolphin, Lagenorhynchus obscurus, from coastal Peru. Marine Mammal Science, 10: 354-359.
  13. Van Bressem, M.-F. and Van Waerebeek, K. 1996. Epidemiology of poxvirus in small cetaceans from the Eastern South Pacific. Marine Mammal Science, 12: 371-382.
  14. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Piérard, G. and Desaintes, C. 1996. Genital and lingual warts in small cetaceans from coastal Peru. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 26: 1-10.
  15. Van Waerebeek, K., Van Bressem, M.-F., Felix, F., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Garcia-Godos, A., Chávez-Lisambart, L., Ontón, K., Montes, D. and Bello, R. 1997. Mortality of dolphins and porpoises in coastal fisheries off Peru and southern Ecuador in 1994. Biological Conservation, 81: 43-49.
  16. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Flemming, M. and Barrett, T. 1998. Serological evidence of morbillivirus infection in small cetaceans from the Southeast Pacific. Veterinary Microbiology, 2: 89-98.
  17. Van Bressem, M.-F., Jepson, P. and Barrett, T. 1998. Further insight on the epidemiology of cetacean morbillivirus in the Northeastern Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science, 14: 605-613.
  18. Van Waerebeek, K., J.C. Reyes and Van Bressem, M.-F. 1998. Sighting of a mother-calf pair of southern right whales Eubalaena australis in Peruvian waters. Estudios Oceanológicos, 17: 105-107
  19. Van Bressem, M.-F., Kastelein, R.A., Flamant, P. and Orth, G. 1999. Cutaneous papillomavirus infection in a harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) from the North Sea. Veterinary Record, 144: 592-593.
  20. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K. and Raga, J.A. 1999. A review of virus infections of cetaceans and the potential impact of morbilliviruses, poxviruses and papillomaviruses on host population dynamics. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 38: 53-65.
  21. Van Waerebeek, K., Van Bressem, M.-F., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Sanino, G.P., Montes, D. and Ontón, K. 1999. A preliminary analysis of recent captures of small cetaceans in Peru and Chile. Document SC/51/SM 17, International Whaling Commission, Grenada, May 1999.
  22. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Siebert, U., Wünschmann, A., Chávez-Lisambart, L. and Reyes, J.C. 2000. Genital Diseases in the Peruvian Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 122: 266-277.
  23. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Raga, J.A., Godfroid, J., Brew, S.D. and MacMillan, A.P. 2001. Serological evidence of Brucella species infection in odontocetes from the south Pacific and the Mediterranean. Veterinary Record, 148: 657-661.
  24. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Jepson, P.D., Raga, J.A., Duignan, P.J., Nielsen, O., Di Beneditto, A.P., Siciliano, S., Ramos, R., Kant, W., Peddemors, V., Kinoshita, R., Ross, P.S., Lopez-Fernandez, A., Evans, K., Crespo, E. and Barrett, T. 2001. An insight into the epidemiology of dolphin morbillivirus worldwide. Veterinary Microbiology, 81: 287-304.
  25. Sánchez, J., Kuba, L., Berón-Vera, B., Dans, S.L., Crespo, E.A., Van Bressem, M.-F., Coscarella, M.A., García, N.A., Alonso, M.K., Pedraza, S.N. and Mariotti, P.A. 2002. Uterine adenocarcinoma with generalised metastasis in a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus from northern Patagonia, Argentina. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 48: 155–159
  26. Van Waerebeek, K., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Montes, D., Onton, K., Santillan, L., Van Bressem, M.-F.and Vega, D. 2002. Fisheries related mortality of small cetaceans in neritic waters of Peru in 1999-2001. Document SC/54/SM10, International Whaling Commission, Shimonoseki, Japan, 26 April-10 May 2002.
  27. Van Bressem, M.-F., F., Gaspar, R. and J. Aznar. 2003. Epidemiology of tattoo skin disease in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Sado estuary, Portugal. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 56: 171-179.
  28. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Raga, J.A., Gaspar, R., Di Beneditto, A.P., Ramos, R. and Siebert, U. 2003. Tattoo disease of odontocetes as a potential indicator of a degrading or stressful environment: a preliminary report. Document SC/55/E1, International Whaling Commission, Berlin, Germany, May 2003.
  29. Rosa S., Milinkovitch, M.C., Van Waerebeek, K., Berck, J., Oporto, J., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Van Bressem, M.-F., Goodall, N. and Cassens, I. 2005. Population structure of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA variation among South American Burmeister’s porpoises (Phocoena spinipinnis). Conservation Genetics. 6: 431-443.
  30. Sanino, G.P., Van Waerebeek, K., Van Bressem, M.-F. and Pastene, L.A. 2005. Preliminary mitochondrial DNA analysis on population structure in eastern South Pacific common bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 7(1): 65–70.
  31. Van Bressem, M.-F., Van Waerebeek, K., Montes, D., Kennedy, K., Garcia-Godos, I. , Onton, K. and Alfaro-Shigueto, J. 2005. Diseases, lesions and malformations in the long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis) from the Southeast Pacific. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (In press).

Chapters in Books

  1. Van Bressem, M.-F. and Pastoret P-P. 1990. Immunologie des Cétacés. In: Immunologie Animale, P-P Pastoret, Govaert, A. and Bazin, H. (eds). Flammarion Médecine Sciences, Paris, France, pp 525-526.
  2. Domingo, M., Kennedy, S. and Van Bressem, M.-F. 2002. Marine Mammal Mass Mortalities. In: Marine Mammals Biology and Conservation (Ed. PJ.G.H. Evans and A.J. Raga), Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 626p.