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Manuel Castellote

  • Research Scientist
  • Education:
    • Ph.D. in Psychobiology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2009
    • M.S. in Zoology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2000
    • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 1997
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • 206-526-6866
  • Location:
    • NOAA Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Manuel Castellote is currently applying acoustic techniques to study cetaceans, with emphasis on beluga whales, in Alaska and other northwest regions. Acoustic tools allow better understanding their movement patterns, habitat use and population distributions that are not yet clearly defined. His research is also focused in measuring the contribution of anthropogenic noise to cetacean habitats to further understand its effect in their behavior.

Selected publications

Castellote, M, Thayre, B, Mahoney, M, Mondragon, Lammers, MO & Small, RJ. In press.  Anthropogenic noise and the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale: acoustic considerations for management. Marine Fisheries Review.

Castellote, M, Small, R, Lammers, MO, Jenniges, J, Mondragon, J & Atkinson, S. 2016. Dual instrument passive acoustic monitoring of belugas in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139(5): 2697–2707.DOI:

Castellote, M & Llorens,C. 2016. Review of the effects of offshore seismic surveys in cetaceans: are mass strandings a possibility? In: A.N. Popper and A. Hawkins (eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York. p. 133-143. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8

Castellote, M, Stafford, K, Neff, D & Lucey, W. 2015. Acoustic monitoring and prey association for beluga, Delphinapterus leucas, and harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, off two river mouths in Yakutat Bay, Alaska. Marine Fisheries Review 71(1):1-10. DOI:

Castellote, M., Brotons, J.M., Gazo, M., Chicote, C. & Cerdà M. 2015. Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins in Spanish Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas. Ocean and Coastal Management 113:54-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.05.017

Castellote, M, Mooney, A, Hobbs, R, et al. 2014. Hearing variability in wild belugas (Delphinapterus leucas). Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 1682-1691. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.093252

Castellote, M., Clark, C. W. & Lammers, M. O. 2013. Dispersal of North Atlantic fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) into the Mediterranean Sea and exchange between populations: Response to Giménez et al., Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2013, 27, 1801–1806. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 28:665–667. DOI: 10.1002/rcm.6819

Castellote, M, Leeney LH, O’Corry-Crowe, G, et al. 2012.  Monitoring white whales (Delphinapterus leucas) with echolocation loggers. Polar Biology 36:493–509. DOI 10.1007/s00300-012-1276-2

Castellote, M, Clark, CW & Lammers, MO. 2012. Acoustic and behavioural changes by fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in response to shipping and airgun noise. Biological Conservation. 147(1):115-122. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.021

Castellote, M, Clark, C.W. & M. O. Lammers. 2011. Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) population identity in the western Mediterranean Sea. Marine Mammal Science. 28(2):325-344. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2011.00491.x

Castellote, M. 2007. General Review of Protocols and Guidelines for Minimizing Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Surveys. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy 10:273–288. DOI: 10.1080/13880290701769262

Castellote, M. & Fossa F. 2006. Measuring acoustic activity as a method to evaluate welfare in captive beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Aquatic Mammals 32 (3):325-333. DOI 10.1578/AM.32.3.2006.325