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May 4 Sustainability Forum LUNCHEON SEMINAR: Why Whales?

May 4 Sustainability Forum LUNCHEON SEMINAR: Why Whales?

Full Title: Why Whales?

Speaker: Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO of the Ocean Alliance


Dive into the world of whales with Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO of Gloucester based oceanographic research and innovation NGO Ocean Alliance. Just back from a SnotBot expedition to the Sea of Cortez, Iain will talk about his 30+ years in the field of marine mammal science, developing benign research tools and what it is like to work with the largest animals that have ever lived on this blue planet. Found in all oceans of the world feeding at the top of ocean food chains Iain believes that whales are humanity’s “canary in the coal mine”.



100 Cummings Center, Suite 221-E
Beverly MA 01915

Date and Time

Begins: 05/04/2016 11:30 AM
Ends: 05/04/2016 01:00 PM




Dr. Iain Kerr is the CEO of the Ocean Alliance, an organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation since its founding by renowned scientist Dr. Roger Payne in 1970. Ocean Alliance programs include the Voyages of the Odyssey and the Patagonia Right Whale Program, the longest continuous study of any great whale species. Under Iain and Roger’s leadership, Ocean Alliance has a reputation for developing innovative research techniques that engage scientists and conservationists alike. SnotBot, their Exhaled Breath Condensate collection drones are the most recent iteration of that. Born in Scotland in 1956, Iain has Bachelor of Education Degree, with honors, from the University of London. Working in the United States since 1983. Iain started with the Ocean Alliance as a volunteer and worked his way up through the ranks over the last 28 years to his current title of CEO. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of marine mammal and ocean conservation, Iain was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southern Maine in 2009.

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Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO
Ocean Alliance
32 Horton St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:(978) 281-2814 x15


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