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Phillip Clapham, Dr.


Program Leader, Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program


Marine Mammal Laboratory





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

Current Activities

Phil Clapham is the leader of MML's Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program. Phil oversees the lab's work on cetaceans, but his primary research interests relate to the population biology, behavioral ecology, and conservation management of large whales. He has almost three decades of research experience and at one time or another has worked with most species of whales in various places worldwide. He is particularly interested in research that crosses scientific disciplines and in fostering geographically large-scale assessment studies.


Prior to his current position, Phil directed large whale research at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He remains associated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and for many years he directed a long-term study of individually identified humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine.

Phil holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and has advised several governments and other bodies on whale research and conservation. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and since 1997 has been on the U.S. delegation to the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee. Phil has published five books and more than 130 peer-reviewed papers on whales and other cetaceans. He has also been an editor for several scientific journals, most recently for the Royal Society of London

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