Bill Perrin Research Page

Bill Perrin
Bill Perrin with wife Louella Dolar (also a marine mammalogist) and son Joseph Dolar Perrin
William F. Perrin, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist for Marine Mammals
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Telephone 858-546-7096
Fax 858-546-7003

Carries out studies of systematics and ecology of cetaceans; serves on Scientific Committee of International Whaling Commission (IWC), Scientific Council of Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and Cetacean Specialist Group and Species Survival Commission of World Conservation Union (IUCN).
 Killer whale skull
Killer whale skull
(Orcinus orca)

Current projects:
  1. Geographic variation in the killer whale (Orcinus orca) [with R. Pitman, R. LeDuc, J. Heyning, M. Etnier and others] -- Measuring and photographing museum specimens and sampling them for DNA analysis.
  2. Description of the holotype specimen of Tursiops aduncus [with P. J. H. van Bree and J. G. Mead].
  3. Organizing Conference on Systematics of Cetaceans, April 2004 [with B. Taylor, R. LeDuc, P. Morin, S. Mesnick, A. Dizon, others].
  4. Compiling chronological bibliography of the tuna/dolphin problem.
  5. Fetal mortality in dolphins exploited in the ETP tuna fishery [with S. Chivers].
  6. Chairing IWC intersessional correspondence group in preparation for implementation of management procedure for NP Bryde's whales.

Hobbies: Chinese porcelain, antique tools, languages, fishing. lollygagging

Adjunct Professor at UCSD, Research Associate at Smithsonian Institution and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Affiliated Professor at Silliman University, Dumaguete, Philippines.

Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee and Committee on International Relations, Society for Marine Mammalogy

B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University (1966)
Ph.D. in Zoology from University of California at Los Angeles (1972)
Graduate students at SIO:
  • Aimée Lang (genetic relationships among gray whales in the western North Pacific).
  • Jessica Burtenshaw (geographic variation in calls of fin whales)

Some recent publications:
Perrin, W. F. 2002. Stenella frontalis. Mammalian Species 702:1-6.
Perrin, W. F. 2002. Problems of marine mammal conservation in Southeast Asia. Fisheries Science 68, Supplement 1:238-243.
Perrin, W. F., B. Würsig and H. Thewissen (Eds.). 2002. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, San Diego.
Perrin, W. F. and S. 2003. Sexual ecology of the spinner dolphin, Stenella longirostris: geographic variation in mating system. Marine Mammal Science 19(3):462-483.
Perrin, W. F., M. L. L. Dolar, M. Amano and A. Hayano. 2003. Sexual dimorphism and geographic variation in Fraser's dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei. Marine Mammal Science 19(3):484-501.
Dolar, M. L. L., W. A. Walker, G. L. Kooyman and W. F. Perrin. 2003. Comparative feeding ecology of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) and Fraser's dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) in the Sulu Sea. Marine Mammal Science 19(1):1-19.
Last modified: 12/24/2014