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MS, Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2002
BA, Environmental Studies with a concentration in Biology, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1986
Philip Hamilton has been studying North Atlantic right whales since 1986, when he led the right whale photo-identification efforts at the Center for Coastal Studies on Cape Cod. In 1989, he began working for the New England Aquarium, where he now manages the North Atlantic right whale photo-identification catalog (rwcatalog.neaq.org). In 2003, he received a National Science Foundation grant to develop software to manage all aspects of the images and data in the catalog (DIGITS). Philip is interested in right whale behavior (including associations), disease, and genetics. He works closely with colleagues from St. Mary’s universities in Canada to link and query the genetic and photo-identification databases.
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