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Nancy Friday, Dr.


Research Biologist


Marine Mammal Laboratory





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

Current Activities

Nancy Friday is a biological oceanographer with MML's Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program (CAEP) whose primary research interests include: 1) modeling cetacean distribution relative to their environment with the goal of understanding and predicting distribution, 2) estimating the abundance of cetacean populations using distance sampling, photographic identification, and mark-recapture methods, 3) modeling cetaceans as part of their marine ecosystems, and 4) improving the management and conservation of cetaceans through the development of quantitative models. Having been trained as an oceanographer, Nancy is interested in interdisciplinary work which places cetaceans within their marine context. Nancy is a core team member of the Habitat and Ecological Processes Research Program, a member of the Gulf of Alaska groundfish plan team, the lead PI of the baleen whale distribution component of the BEST-BSIERP Project, and provides primary assistance to the Program Leader in the direction and daily operation of the CAEP.


Nancy joined the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in August of 2000. Previously, she was a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate in the Protected Species Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where she conducted research on North Atlantic humpback whale population dynamics. Nancy received a Ph.D. in oceanography, with an emphasis in biological oceanography, from the School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett. Her dissertation focused on photographic identification methods for estimating the abundance of the North Atlantic humpback whale population. Nancy earned her A.A. and B.A. in social sciences from Simon's Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Nancy also attended McGill University in Montreal for her undergraduate junior year and took post-graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania while working at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, as a lab technician in a cell biology laboratory researching aging and atherogenesis.

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