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Jeff Laake, Dr.




Marine Mammal Laboratory





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

Current Activities

Jeff Laake is a statistician/biologist with MML's California Current Ecosystems Program. His research focus is in developing and applying analytical tools for estimation of abundance and survival with particular emphasis on marine mammals.  His primary professional goal has been to develop computer software that is freely available to other scientists to advance science by providing the tools needed to analyze data.  He developed the original TRANSECT and DISTANCE programs and is part of current development team for DISTANCE.  He is a co-author of the Introductory and Advanced books on distance sampling.  He has also written a package in R to work with program MARK for analysis of capture-recapture data.


Before joining NMML, Jeff was previously a research scientist for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and a systems analyst for the computer center at San Diego State University. He received a B.S. and Ph.D. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and an M.S. in wildlife science from Utah State University.

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