Daniel Costa

Dr. Daniel Costa, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He completed a B.A. at UCLA and then completed a Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Cruz in 1978 followed by postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research focuses on the ecology and physiology of marine mammals and seabirds, taking him to every continent and almost every habitat from the Galapagos to Antarctica. He has worked with a broad range of animals including turtles, penguins’ albatross, seals, sea lions, sirenians, whales and dolphins and has published over 400 scientific papers. His current work is aimed at recording the movement and distribution patterns of marine mammals and seabirds in an effort to understand their habitat needs. This work is helping to identify biodiversity hotspots and that factors that create them. He has also been involved in the developing tools to identify and create viable Marine Protected Areas for the conservation of highly migratory species. With Barbara Block he co-founded the Tagging of Pacific Predators program, a multidisciplinary effort to study the movement and distribution patterns of 23 species of marine vertebrate predators (Marine mammals, seabirds, turtles, sharks, fishes and squid) in the North Pacific Ocean. He is an internationally recognized authority on tracking of marine mammals and birds and as such is a member of a number of international science steering committees including the Integrated Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics program, The Census of Marine Life, Southern Ocean GLOBEC, CLIOTOP and the Southern Ocean Observing System.