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Yulia Ivashchenko, Dr.


Affiliate Scientist


Marine Mammal Laboratory





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

Current Activities

Yulia Ivashchenko is an Associate Scientist who works on large whale issues for MML's Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program. Her current research interests include the impact of whaling on populations of large whales in the North Pacific. Yulia has published extensively on the massive campaign of illegal whaling conducted by the former U.S.S.R. from 1948 to 1979. In collaboration with Russian and Ukrainian biologists who worked aboard Soviet whaling factory ships during this time, she has established a true catch record for use in population assessments, and also directs an oral history project to document the details and context of the illegal hunts. She is currently conducting post-doctoral research on the population dynamics of humpback, right and sperm whales in the North Pacific.


Yulia began her career working on the critically endangered population of western gray whales that feed off Sakhalin Island (Russia) in the Okhotsk Sea. In 2004 and 2005, she was a guest scientist for a large-scale NOAA study of humpback whales in the West Indies and was also part of the field crew for the NOAA 2005 SPLASH humpback whale project off Alaska. Yulia was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, where she earned the Russian equivalent of a master's degree. She obtained her Ph.D. in biology from Southern Cross University in 2013 with a dissertation on the history and impacts of Soviet illegal whaling. She is a current member of the International Whaling Commissionís Scientific Committee.

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