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Alex Zerbini, Dr.




Marine Mammal Laboratory





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

Current Activities

Alex Zerbini is a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow working as a contractor with MML's Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program. Alex’s primary research interests are population ecology, assessment, conservation, and management of large whales. His research focuses on the ecological and management implications of the recovery of large baleen whales species, with emphasis on humpback, fin, and North Pacific right whales.


Alex is from São Paulo, Brazil, where he started his career. He has a B.S. degree in biological oceanography from the University of Rio Grande, a M.S. degree in zoology from the University of São Paulo, and a Ph.D. in aquatic and fishery sciences from the University of Washington. Alex has conducted and coordinated cetacean research projects in the Atlantic, Antarctic, and North Pacific Oceans. In Brazil, he worked as a marine mammal researcher at the Oceanographic Museum of the University of Rio Grande and as an associate professor at the Center for Marine Sciences of the University of the Vale do Itajaí. Alex has been a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Cetacean Specialist Group since 1998 and of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) since 2000. For the past 3 years he has chaired the IWC Subcommittee on Southern Hemisphere Whales. Alex also serves on the board of associate editors for the Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals.

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