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Graeme Ellis


Vancouver City College
University of Victoria

Tel: 250-756-7245 Fax: 250-756-7053


Graeme Ellis joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a research technician in 1973. Although his main focus has been on marine mammal research, he has also participated in a number of salmon and shellfish research programs in the Pacific Region.

Graeme has been actively involved in the long-term study of killer whales in the Northeastern Pacific since 1973 and continues to underake population monitoring through the use of photo-identification. He is also actively involved in working with a number of scientists addressing questions about killer whale diet, winter distribution, genetics, and contaminant levels. He also participates in studies of other SARA listed species such as sea otters, blue whales, and humpback whales.

Employment Experience

May 1988-Present

Biological Science Branch, Pacific Biological Station, D.F.O., Nanaimo, B.C.
Marine Mammal Technician: Field/laboratory research and analysis relating to studies of the abundance, movements, growth, reproduction, diet, and behaviour of killer whales, humpback whales, harbour seals, sea lions, and sea otters in B.C. From 1993- present have collaborated on studies of killer whale genetics and contaminant levels.

June 1984-Present

North Gulf Oceanic Society, Homer, AK.
Studied the population and social structure of killer whales in Prince William Sound AK., including an assessment of the impact of the Exxon Valdes oil spill and of fisheries interactions on the killer whale population.


Biological Science Branch, Pacific Biological Station, DFO, Nanaimo, B.C.
Marine Mammal, Salmon, Shellfish Research Technician. During this time period, employed on a casual basis as a field technician to work on a variety of projects including marine mammal population assessments and captive studies, salmon tracking, salmon survival studies, and shellfish assessments.

Research Interests

  • Marine mammal abundance, distribution, population dynamics, and natural history.


  • Resident Killer Whale Recovery Team.
  • Pacific Right Whale Recovery Team.
  • Leatherback Turtle Recovery Team.


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