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Paul Wade, Dr.


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

Paul Wade is a research biologist whose interests include the population dynamics and ecology of cetaceans, the conservation biology of marine vertebrates (such as establishing sustainable levels of marine mammal bycatch in fisheries), and the use of modeling and quantitative methods, particularly Bayesian statistics, in conservation and management. He has extensive experience designing and conducting line-transect cetacean surveys from small boats, large ships, and airplanes, and has also increasingly been involved in mark-recapture studies to estimate survival and abundance. Since 2001 he has led a field project on killer whales in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, with a focus on the potential impact on Steller sea lions of killer whale predation. This study has included both line-transect and mark-recapture abundance estimation, genetic methods for identification of ecotype and population structure, and the study of killer whale foraging through satellite tracking, chemical ecology methods, and passive acoustic monitoring at pinniped rookeries.


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