Wayne McFee

Address: NOAA, 219 Fort Johnson Road
Phone: 843.460.9695
E-mail: wayne.mcfee@noaa.gov


M.S., 1990, Northeastern University

Research Interests

  • marine mammal strandings, marine mammal life history, dolphin/human interactions

Current and planned research projects

  • impact of human development and anthropogenic sources of dolphin mortality
  • male and female reproductive analysis of bottlenose dolphins
  • age and growth analysis of bottlenose dolphins and pygmy sperm whales
  • acoustic detection of bottlenose dolphins near crab pots and shrimp trawl/dolphin interactions


  • McFee, W. E., Speakman, TS, Balthis, L, Adams, JD and ES Zolman. 2014. Reproductive seasonality of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) near Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Marine Mammal Science 30(2): 528-543.
  • McFee, W.E., Adams, J.D., Fair, P.A., Bossart, G.D. 2012. Age Distribution and Growth of Two Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Populations from Capture-Release Studies in the Southeastern United States. Aquatic Mammals 38(1), 17-30.
  • Pate, SM and WE McFee. 2012. Prey species of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from South Carolina waters. Southeastern Naturalist 11(1): 1-22.
  • McFee, W.E., Schwacke, J.H., Stolen, M.K., Mullin, K.D., and L.H. Schwacke. 2010. Investigation of growth phases for bottlenose dolphins using a Bayesian modeling approach. Marine Mammal Science. 26(1): 67-85.
  • McFee, W.E. and T.P. Lipscomb. 2009. Major pathologic findings and probable causes of mortality in bottlenose dolphins stranded in South Carolina from 1993 to 2006. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 45 (3): 575-593.