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Dee Allen


Research Biologist


National Marine Mammal Laboratory





National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115-6349

Current Activities

Dee is a Fishery Biologist assisting the Directorate of the National Marine Mammal Laboratory. She joined NMML in 2007, serving as primary editor of the Alaska marine mammal stock assessment reports and Executive Secretary of the Alaska Scientific Review Group. Dee coordinates with other NMFS staff on assessing and compiling Alaska marine mammal serious injury and mortality data, incorporating these data into the stock assessment reports, and providing annual updates for the List of Fisheries. Dee is also responsible for managing NMML's MMPA import, export, and possession permit and participates in NMML ship-based and aerial surveys, as well as tagging projects of both cetaceans and pinnipeds. Dee's primary research interest focuses on beaked whale anatomy and physiology, life history, and ecology, and is currently working on several osteological studies of beaked whales.


Dee started working in the marine mammal field in 1991 when she began participating in health assessments of bottlenose dolphins with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, where she maintains an affiliation. She has also participated in numerous field projects with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the Mote Marine Laboratory, and Duke University, particularly tagging, telemetry, and behavioral studies, photo-id, and biopsy cruises. Dee worked with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutionís D-tag team from 1999-2003, deploying digital acoustic recording tags on North Atlantic right whales, sperm whales, and Cuvierís beaked whales to obtain 3-dimensional dive profiles and measure the response of whales to anthropogenic sounds such as vessel noise and seismic airguns. Dee has been appointed as a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institutionís Marine Mammal Program at the National Museum of Natural History, where she was employed from 1996-2007, serving as a Principal Investigator on several grants and earning a Peer Recognition Award for Leadership. Dee earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Towson State University and her M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from The George Washington University. Her thesis work, a morphometric analysis of beaked whale mandibles to predict species and sex, earned her the John G. Shedd Aquarium Award for Best Overall Student Presentation at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the Sylvia L. Bunting Prize, an endowed award for graduate students, from The George Washington University. Dee maintains current certifications as an EMT-B, Wilderness EMT, and USCG Medical Person-in-Charge (MPIC).

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