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Paul Wade, 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

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.


Paul has worked at NMML since 1995 and served as the Leader of the Cetacean Program from 2002 to 2006. Prior to working at NMML, he was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Since 1995 he has been on the U.S. delegation to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission and since 1998 has been on the Cetacean Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. He served on the Southern Resident Killer Whale Biological Review Team and is currently on the steering committee of the SPLASH humpback whale project. Paul is also an Affiliate Professor at the School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Washington.

Paul received a B.A. from Colby College, an M.S. in biology from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, researching the abundance and population dynamics of spotted and spinner dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific. He has received Department of Commerce Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal awards while working at NMML and has published more thanr 40 peer-reviewed papers.

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