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Daniel M. Palacios

Endowed Associate Professor in Whale Habitats, Oregon State University

Dr. Daniel Palacios leads the Whale Habitat Ecology and Telemetry (WHET) Laboratory at the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. He is broadly trained as an oceanographer and has over 30 years of experience studying the ecology of marine top predators in a variety of ecosystems, including the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, the eastern tropical and North Pacific, Alaska, Galapagos, and Hawaii. During this time he has held formal positions within the non-profit, government, and academic sectors. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and technical reports.

Dr. Palacios serves on NOAA's Pacific Scientific Review Group, of the Aquatic Mammals Working Group of the Scientific Council of the Convention on Migratory Species, of the Cetacean Specialist Group of the IUCN-Species Survival Commission, and of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. He is also an Associate Editor for Marine Mammal Science and as Review Editor for Frontiers in Marine Science.


  • –present
    Endowed Associate Professor in Whale Habitats, Oregon State University


  • 2003 
    Oregon State University, Oceanography

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for Marine Mammalogy