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B.Sc., Zoology, The University of Queensland, 1982
Ph.D., The University of Queensland, 1989
Peter Corkeron, Ph.D., now leads the whale research team at the Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life. His current work focuses on the status of North Atlantic right whales, understanding the anthropogenic drivers of their decline and the ecological influences on their movements, and ensuring that management efforts are informed by the best science available. Peter’s Ph.D. was on the ecology of inshore dolphins in the waters off Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Awarded by the University of Queensland in 1989, it was the first Australian Ph.D. on the biology of living cetaceans.
Peter has studied whales, dolphins, dugongs, and seals, with occasional forays into the behavior of fruit bats and wallabies. His research has taken him from the Ross Sea in Antarctica to within 300 miles of the North Pole, and many places in between. He believes in using science to understand how we impact marine wildlife, and the working to solve the problems we create.
Corkeron P., Hamilton P, Bannister J, Best P, Charlton C, Groch K.R., Findlay K., Rowntree V., Vermeulen E. and Pace III R M. 2018. The recovery of North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, has been constrained by human-caused mortality. R. Soc. open sci. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180892
Pace III RM, Corkeron PJ, Kraus SD. 2017 State-space mark-recapture estimates reveal a recent decline in abundance of North Atlantic right whales. Ecol Evol. 7:8730-8741. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3406
Parra GJ, Corkeron PJ, and Marsh H. 2006. Population sizes, site fidelity and residence patterns of Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins: implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 129:167-180.
Brown MR, Corkeron PJ, Hale PT, Schultz KW, and Bryden MM. 1995. Evidence for a sex-segregated migration in humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 259:229-234
James Cook Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1996 James Cook University, Australia.
US Public Sector Innovation award, 2018, for the North Atlantic Right Whale Protection System
NOAA Bronze Award 2019, for expanding international partnerships to assess changing right whale distributions and revealing causative factors to a tragic population decline.