EDGE Community

Dr Jay Barlow
California, USA
  • Scientific advisor
[General description section]
I received a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. I have been a researcher at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla California since 1982. My research has primarily involved evaluating and mitigating human impacts on cetaceans and pinnipeds along the US West Coast and in Hawaii. International work has involved surveys of cetacean abundance in the Colombian Amazon, the Yangtze River and the northern Gulf of California.
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NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Position within organisation
Program Leader
Relevant species

Long considered the world‘s rarest and most threatened cetacean, this species may already be extinct.

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The vaquita is the world‘s smallest and most endangered marine cetacean.

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Research interests
Cetacean and pinniped conservation research, Population modelling, Applied demographic theory, Mortality estimation, Population abundance estimation, Dynamics of marine mammal populations, Conservation Biology, Cetacean acoustics
Relevant publications
Barlow, J., L. Fleischer, K. A. Forney, and O. Maravilla-Chavez. 1993. An experimental aerial survey for vaquita (Phocoena sinus) in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 9(1):89-94.

Barlow, J., T. Gerrodette, and G. Silber. 1997. First estimates of vaquita abundance. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 13(1): 44-58.

Vidal, O, J. Barlow, L. A. Hurtado, J. Torre, P. Cendón, and Z. Ojeda. 1997. Distribution and abundance of the Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis) in the upper Amazon River. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 13(3):427-445.

Turvey, S. T., R. L. Pitman, B. L. Taylor, J. Barlow, T. Akamatsu, L. A. Barrett, X. Zhao, R. R. Reeves, B. S. Stewart, and K. Wang. 2007. First human-caused extinction of a cetacean species. Biology Letters 3(5):537-540.
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037