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Daniel K. Odell, Ph.D.


Senior Research Associate

Marine Mammalogy

Dr. Odell joined Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in 2001. Prior to that he served as a research biologist for SeaWorld Zoological Operations helping maximize the scientific benefit of SeaWorld’s one-of-a-kind marine collection.


Dr. Odell has more than 30 years experience in the field and in the classroom. The hallmark of his work is the creation of one of the most comprehensive marine mammal stranding databases in America. The database catalogs all marine mammal strandings along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf coasts helping to determine patterns of marine mammal behavior and causes of death.


For infomation on Dr. Odell’s research on pygmy and dwarf sperm whales go to


Current Research

Manatee Reproductive Behavior and Physiology


Selected Publications

Clark, S., D. K. Odell and C. T. Lacinak. Aspects of growth in captive killer whales (Orcinus orca). Marine Mammal Science 16(1): 177-202. 2000.

Duffield, D.A., D.K. Odell, McBain, J.F. and B. Andrews. Killer whale (Orcinus orca) reproduction at Sea World. Zoo Biology, 14:417-430. 1995.

Odell, D.K. Sirenian Life History. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. 2002.

Odell, D. K. and McClune, K. M. False Killer Whale – Pseudorca crassidens (Owen, 1846), Pp. 213-243, IN: S. H. Ridgway and R. J. Harrison (eds.), Handbook of Marine Mammals, Volume 6, The Second Book of Dolphins, Academic Press, London. 1999.


Dan Odell


Major Research Areas

Marine Mammalogy


Ph.D., Biology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Zoology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; B.S. Cornell University

Professional Activities

Charter Member and Past-President, Society for Marine Mammalogy;Member, Marine Mammal Committee, Animal Care and Use Committee, Informatics Committee, Program Committee – American Society of Mammalogists;Member, Atlantic Scientific Review Group, National Marine Fisheries Service;Co-Chair, Research Committee, Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

University Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida; Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington