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Salvatore Cerchio, Ph.D.

Salvatore Cerchio, PhD

Visiting Scientist
Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life


PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2003
MS, Marine Sciences, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 1993
BS, Biology, Tufts University, 1985


Salvatore Cerchio, PhD, is a marine mammal biologist who has worked in multiple disciplines on free-ranging populations of cetaceans around the world for over 30 years. He has conducted research around the globe on several species, acquiring expertise in population status assessment, bioacoustics, molecular ecology, and behavioral ecology. Most recently Salvatore’s geographic focus has been in the Indian Ocean, particularly off Madagascar and in the Arabian Sea.

His current work includes: passive acoustic assessment of the highly endangered Arabian Sea Humpback whale population; investigating the biology and conservation status of a newly discovered species of baleen whale (the Omura’s whale) off northwest Madagascar; assessing diversity, distribution, and status of cetaceans on the west coast of Madagascar; mitigating the impact of artisanal hunting of coastal dolphins on the west coast of Madagascar; and investigating impact of anthropogenic noise (particularly seismic surveys) on baleen whales.



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