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John Mandelman, PhD

Vice President and Chief Scientist
Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life


PhD, Biology, Northeastern University, 2006
BA, Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1996


John Mandelman, PhD, is vice president and chief scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, the Aquarium’s solutions-based ocean research, policy, and technical advising institute. John has served at the Aquarium in various capacities since 2004. In collaboration with various colleagues around the globe, John’s scientific research has focused on better understanding and reducing negative effects of human-induced disturbances on vulnerable ocean species, including sharks in the North Atlantic. It has routinely been used to inform fisheries management, industry practices, and ocean policy.

In addition to his primary role at the New England Aquarium, John is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School of Marine Science and Technology, and the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.


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Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life

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