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David B. Taylor

David B. Taylor

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 50

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


BS chemistry Lycoming College: MEd science curriculum Lesley College

Research Interests

The location and shapes of cetacean pelvic remnants.

Research Statement

I have participated in the necropsies of over fifty large whales and over one hundred porpoise and dolphins. In addition I have visited several museums and universities with whale collections to photograph the pelvic bones of various cetaceans.

Personal Statement

I am a retired high school science teacher who involved students in whale necropsies for many years. I collect, photograph and catalog the pelvic remnants of a wide variety of cetaceans. Some of these photographs can be seen on the WHOI web site at http://www.whoi.edu/science/B/whalepelvics.


Disarticulating cetaceans of all sizes. Locating and extracting pelvic remnants. Making molds and casting small bones. Digital photography.


American Society of Mammalogists: National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


High School Leadership Award - Clarkson University: Inspirational Teacher Award - Amherst College: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Environmental Affairs award for the Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Program