Bernd Würsig

Bernd Würsig

Regents and University Distinguished Professor

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Long-term studies of the behavioral ecology of dolphins, porpoises and whales. Elucidating differences of foraging techniques in different environments. Flexibilities of adaptation in social marine mammals and in social animals in general.


B.S., Zoology, Ohio State University, 1971 
Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 1978

Courses Taught

Biology of Marine Mammals (MARB 400)
Cetacean Behavior and Behavioral Ecology (MARB 403)
Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals and Seabirds of New Zealand (MARB 404)
Research and Conservation in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: Dolphins, Fisheries, and Cultural Heritage (MARB 407)
Special Topics, Evolutionary Biology (MARB 689)

Recent Publications

Würsig, B. and M. Würsig. 2010, Dusky Dolphins: Master Acrobats off Different Shores.  Academic/Elsevier Press, London, UK.  441 pp.
Perrin, W.F., B. Würsig, and J.G.M. Thewissen. 2009, Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, Ed. 2.  Academic/Elsevier Press, Amsterdam, NL. 1316 pp.
Gowans, S., B. Würsig, and L. Karczmarski. 2008, The social structure and strategies of delphinids: Predictions based on an ecological framework.  Advances in Marine Biology 53:195-293.
Gailey, G., B. Würsig, and T.L. McDonald. 2007, Abundance, behavior, and movement patterns of western gray whales in relation to a 3-D seismic survey, Northeast Sakhalin Island, Russia.  Env. Monit. and Assess. 134:75-91.
Würsig, B., N. Duprey, and J. Weir.  2007, Dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) off Kaikoura New Zealand: Present knowledge and goals for the future.  DOC Science and Technical Publications, Department of Conservation, Wellington, New Zealand. 28 pp.