Bernd Würsig


Bernd Würsig
Regents and University Distinguished Professor

Galveston Campus
Bld# 3029, Office 243

Email               Website
(409) 740-4413
(409) 740-4717 Fax

Marine Biology
Marine Biology Graduate Program (MARB IDP)
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences



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)
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.