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Research overview

Gill Braulik has been involved in research and conservation of marine mammals, in South, Southeast Asia and Africa, for around the last 20 years. Her primary work goal is to lead and catalyse conservation science on the most endangered species of marine mammal in order to help prevent their extinction. She is currently a Marie-Curie Fellow in the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews, UK and was a Pew Marine Fellow from 2013-2016. A large focus of her recent work has been river dolphins in Asia, especially the Indus and Ganges River dolphins, endangered subspecies of dolphin that occur in Pakistan and India. Her fellowship work is to understand and mitigate the impact of dams on freshwater dolphins. In addition to Gills river dolphin work, she is also part of the team leading the Global Cetacean Red List Assessment on behalf of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, and is working with the Important Marine Mammal Area Secretariat designating IMMAs globally and working to ensure their application and effectiveness. She continues to lead work in Tanzania using networks of acoustic recorders to document the occurrence of fishing with explosives and studying endangered humpback dolphins around Pemba Island. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Conservation ecology and phylogenetics of the Indus River dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor), University of St Andrews


Award Date: 18 Jun 2012

Bachelor of Science


Award Date: 1 Jul 1993


  • QL Zoology
  • QH301 Biology


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