I have been specializing in underwater noise pollution and its effects on cetaceans since 1994. I have studied whales since 1982, primarily sperm whales, and my M.Sc. (Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland), Ph.D. (Dalhousie), and post-doctoral studies (Cornell) were all in the field of whale acoustic communication in the wild. I spent one year sailing 50,000 km across the Pacific and back in a 13 m sailboat following groups of sperm whales for my post-doctoral research on dialects. I have served as invited expert on several panels, workshops, and committees concerned with underwater noise impacts (e.g. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, International Whaling Commission, etc.). I have met with members of NATO, the European Parliament, the European Commission DG Fisheries, and the United Nations to discuss ocean noise issues, given many lectures on this topic and others, and published numerous peer-reviewed papers. Formerly an Assistant Professor, I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada, as well as an independent consultant on underwater noise, mainly working with the Swiss ENGO, OceanCare. I was also employed as Scientific Advisor by the private Okeanos Foundation from 2009-2012. I continue to serve as Scientific Advisor for the International Ocean Noise Coalition. I am a member of TG Noise, the Technical Group on underwater noise under the EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
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