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Head of the Lab

Leszek Karczmarski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor:  School of Biological Sciences

The Swire Institute of Marine Science

The University of Hong Kong

Director:  Cetacea Research Institute

Email: leszek(AT)


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Editorial Boards

  • Guest Editor: Primatology Monographs (2013/2014)

Academic Record

2017 - ongoing:  Director, Cetacea Research Institute, Hong Kong.

2009 - ongoing:  Associate Professor,  School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 


2009 - 2018:  Research Scientist, The Swire Institute of Marine Science, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


2006 - 2009:  Research Faculty (Head of Whale Unit) and Fellow of Mammal Research Institute, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


2004 - 2006:  Associate Research Faculty, Institute of Marine Life Sciences, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, Galveston, Texas, USA.


2000 - 2004:  Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Texas Institute of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, USA.


1998 - 2000:  Research Scientist / Project Leader, Oceanic Society, San Francisco, California, USA  and  Post-Doctoral Associate, Marine Mammal Research Program, Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA.


1997:  Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Port Elizabeth (currently Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), South Africa.


1989:  M.Sc. in Oceanography and Sea Fisheries, University of Gdańsk and Agricultural University of Szczecin, Poland.

© Leszek Karczmarski

© Leszek Karczmarski

© Leszek Karczmarski

Research Interests


  • Mammalian Population Ecology:  Processes that determine population structure, geographic fidelity, spatiotemporal dynamics and habitat relationships.


  • Cetacean Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology:  Behavioural processes that shape intra- and inter-group dynamics and social structure; how they relate to environmental factors and influence broader population structure.


  • Comparative Socio-Ecology:  Odontocete social strategies and socio-behavioural complexity; how they evolved and how they compare to other known mammalian systems. Comparative socio-ecology of group living mammals. 


  • Delphinid Conservation Ecology:  Ecological and socio-demographic processes that determine population viability; application of empirical studies of population ecology in the development of management strategies. 


  • Spatio-Behavioural Approaches to Conservation:  How anthropogenic pressures influence socio-spatial dynamics and behavioural processes of individuals/populations; mitigation strategies to minimize the negative effects of ecological disturbance.   


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