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Salvatore Cerchio

Scientific Advisor

Salvatore Cerchio is a marine mammal biologist who has worked in multiple disciplines on free ranging populations of cetaceans around the world for over 30 years. Salvatore completed his MSc in Marine Science at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Salvatore currently works with the New England Aquarium, with a guest affiliation at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and previously with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Salvatore has conducted research around the globe on several species of cetaceans, applying expertise in population status assessment, bioacoustics, molecular ecology and behavioral ecology. Salvatore is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Cetacean Specialist Group, an Invited Participant of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, and co-chair of IndoCet, the Indian Ocean Network for Cetacean Research. His recent and current work includes: passive acoustic assessment of the endangered Arabian Sea Humpback Whale population off the coast of Oman; investigating the biology and conservation status of a newly discovered species of baleen whale, the Omura’s whale, off northwest Madagascar; assessing diversity, distribution and status of cetaceans on the west coast of Madagascar; mitigating the impact of artisanal hunting of coastal dolphins on the west coast of Madagascar; investigating the abundance, population structure and mixing of humpback whales in the Southwest Indian Ocean; the passive acoustic assessment of cetacean diversity off Angola; and investigating impact of anthropogenic noise (particularly seismic surveys) on baleen whales.

Salvatore Cerchio, Scientific Advisor - African Aquatic Conservation Fund


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