Daniel M. Palacios


Assistant Professor (Senior Research)


Phone: (541) 990-2750
Whale Telemetry Group


Member, Aquatic Mammals Working Group, CMS Scientific Council, 2013–present
Member, Cetacean Specialist Group, IUCN-Species Survival Commission, 2011–present
Member, Scientific Committee, International Whaling Commission, 2008–present
Chair, Ecosystem Modelling Working Group, Scientific Committee, International Whaling Commission, 2012–2015
Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals (LAJAM), 2009–2014

Educational Background:

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, NOAA/SWFSC/Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory, 2003–2004
Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University, 2003
B.Sc., Marine Biology, University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia, 1994

Research Interests/Area of Expertise:

Daniel Palacios is an oceanographer with a primary interest in understanding the environmental factors that influence the ecology of marine megafauna in pelagic ecosystems. Prior to joining the MMI faculty in 2013, Daniel worked for 10 years at NOAA’s Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory as a member of the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP) program. From 2004 to 2010 he participated in multi-disciplinary projects studying the movements and habitat associations of blue and humpback whales, elephant seals, Hawaiian albatrosses, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles, and white sharks using electronic tags and remote sensing.

At the MMI Daniel focuses on the analysis and visualization of the WTG’s tracking data sets with the objectives of: a) characterizing critical habitat for large whales as well as the spatial aspects of population dynamics, foraging ecology, and interactions with human activities, b) quantifying long-distance migration and navigation, and c) informing the management and conservation of whale populations.

Hailing from Colombia, Daniel remains actively involved in promoting research and science advancement in Latin America as an active member of both the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuáticos (SOLAMAC) and the Sociedad Mexicana de Mastozoología Marina (SOMEMMA).

For citation indices and article-level metrics, visit Daniel's Google Scholar Citations Profile.