Research Interests:I have been studying marine mammals since 1983, when I was an undergraduate. My main interests are the development of marine mammal identification aids, and the systematics and population ecology of the more poorly-known species of dolphins and porpoises. Essentially all of my work for the past 22 years has been related to conservation and management of marine mammals threatened by human activities. Since 1995, I have been working mainly in Southeast Asia, and have traveled widely in the region. My current primary research focuses on the conservation biology of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) and finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) populations in Hong Kong and surrounding waters. I am also working on other projects looking at the systematics and ecology of these species throughout their ranges. In addition, I am involved in many other projects, including those on the conservation of the critically-endangered vaquita (Phocoena sinus) and on the taxonomy and population ecology of common dolphins (Delphinus spp.). With co-authors, Marc Webber and Robert Pitman, I recently published a comprehensive identification guide to the marine mammals of the world (Academic Press, 2008). My outside interests include mountain biking, hiking, drums and percussion, outdoor photography, and wildlands preservation. I am married and live in San Diego.
- B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
- M.Sc. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
- Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Scientific Publications: Tom Jefferson