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Research overview

Population dynamics and ecology

Foraging behaviour and diet of seals and cetaceans. Estimation of animal abundance. Statistical and mathematical modelling of marine mammal population parameters and processes. Interactions between marine mammals and human activities: management of whaling, cetacean bycatch in fisheries, seal-fishery interactions; conservation of vulnerable species.

Academic/Professional Qualification

B.A., University of York; D.Phil., University of York

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Associate Editor, Marine Mammal Science

2011 → …

Member of Red List Authority, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

2006 → …

Member Working Group on Marine Mammal Ecology, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea ICES

2005 → …

Member of Cetacean Specialist Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

1998 → …

Chair of Scientific Committee, International Whaling Commission


Member of Scientific Committee, International Whaling Commission



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