Staff

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Ocean Giants Director
is the Director of WCS’s Ocean Giants Program and has more than 25 years experience in marine mammal research and conservation activities involving a number of large whale and dolphin species. Dr. Rosenbaum and a global team have also recently completed a range wide genetic analysis of bowhead whales that includes populations from Russia and Alaska. He has managed significant research and field teams, and his current management responsibilities include 12 senior staff working on marine mammals around the world. He is a Senior Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group and IUCN Important Marine Mammal Area Task Force and on The United States delegation to the International Whaling Commission and a member of IWC Arctic Issues Working Group, and past Associate Editor for Marine Mammal Science.
Acoustic Analyst
Melinda Rekdahl completed her PhD in Bioacoustics and Marine Biology at the University of Queensland, Australia with a focus on humpback whale acoustic behavior. Over the past 10 years, Melinda has volunteered and worked on numerous research, conservation and industry projects focused on cetaceans. Previous to this position she was employed by the Australian Antarctic Division as a Cetacean Observer and small boat team member as part of the Antarctic Blue Whale Voyage. Her research interests include bioacoustics, evolution and function of animal communication systems, behavioral ecology and marine conservation.
Assistant Conservation Scientist, Lead Congo Basin Coast
Tim Collins is a British marine biologist with extensive experience of marine mammal research and conservation in Africa and the Middle East. His research interests include coastal cetaceans, threatened small populations and looking for both in wayward places. Of particular interest is the development of simple methods that inform robust analyses with meaningful conservation outcomes. Projects have included humpback whale research in Oman, South Africa, Madagascar, Gabon and Angola as well many smaller projects targeting coastal cetaceans. Tim is a member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, the IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group and a researcher with the Environmental Society of Oman. He has led the WCS Gulf of Guinea Marine Mammal project since 2003 and is a Masters graduate of the University of St Andrews.

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