marilyn marx

Marilyn Marx

Associate Research Scientist I,
Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program

T: 617-973-6584



Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, 1982


Marilyn Marx began her career in right whale research in 1985 at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, where she analyzed habitat use in Cape Cod Bay and later became the photo-ID coordinator. In 1994, she joined the New England Aquarium’s Right Whale Research Program. She is involved with the curation and maintenance of the Right Whale Catalog and is responsible for reviewing all images of catalogued whales for evidence of anthropogenic scarring. Marilyn also manages the Right Whale Sponsorship Program and is editor of its newsletter, Right Whale Research News. She has been an observer aboard hundreds of vessel and aerial surveys and has participated in large whale research projects in Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, and the Dominican Republic.

  1. Select Publications

    Knowlton, A., P.K. Hamilton, M.K. Marx, H.P Pettis, and S.D. Kraus. 2012. Monitoring right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) entanglement rates: A 30-year retrospective. Marine North Atlantic Ecology Progress Series. 466: 293–302.

    Hamilton, P.K., A.R. Knowlton, and M.K. Marx. 2007. Right Whales Tell Their Own Stories: The Photo-Identification Catalog Pp. 75-104 In: Kraus, S.D. and R. M. Rolland (Eds.). The Urban Whale: North Atlantic Right Whales at the Crossroads. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 543 p.

    Hamilton, P.K. and M.K. Marx. 2005.  Skin lesions on North Atlantic right whales: categories, prevalence and change in occurrence in the 1990s.  Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 68: 71-82.

    Jacobsen, K-O, M. Marx, N. Øien.  2004.  Two-way trans-Atlantic migration of a Northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis).  Marine Mammal Science 200(1): 161-166.

    Hamilton, P.K., A.R. Knowlton, M.K. Marx, S.D. Kraus. 1998. Age structure and longevity in North Atlantic right whales Eubalaena glacialis and their relation to reproduction. Marine Ecology Progress Series 171: 285-292.

    Hamilton, P.K., M.K. Marx and S.D. Kraus.  1995.  Weaning in North Atlantic right whales.  Marine Mammal Science, 11(3): 386-390.

    Mayo, C. A. and M.K. Marx, 1989. Surface foraging behaviour of the North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, and associated zooplankton characteristics.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 68: 2214-2220.

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