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Dr. Douglas DeMaster

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  Title: Science & Research Director, Alaska Region
Division: Office of the Center Director
Address: Alaska Fisheries Science Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 4
Seattle, Washington 98115

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Dr. Douglas DeMaster became Science and Research Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in October 2001. Previously he served as Director of the National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), leader of the NMML Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program, and head of the Marine Mammal Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

Dr. DeMaster is recognized as one of the leading experts on marine mammal stock assessment and marine mammal–fishery interactions. He has published more than 65 peer-reviewed publications on marine mammals and an additional 38 reports related to the population ecology of marine mammals. In cooperation with other NOAA Fisheries scientists, Dr. DeMaster helped develop the system under which marine mammals are managed in the United States under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.


Since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1978, he has been an active member of the academic community. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he taught courses on marine mammal biology and population dynamics. Since 1994, Dr. DeMaster has been an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs and more recently the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. He also served as the President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and is currently the deputy Commissioner for the US delegation at the IWC. 

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