Cetacean Society International

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Kate O'Connell


With a combined background in international relations and biology, Kate has worked on global whale and dolphin issues since the late 1980s. From Argentina to Sri Lanka, she has taken part in a variety of non-lethal field studies, and organized training programs for young biologists in several countries. In addition to being an NGO observer at meetings of international treaty organizations such as CITES and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) , she served for many years as a member of the International Review Panel of the AIDCP, a treaty for the protection of dolphins in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Kate currently is a member of the IWC Bycatch Mitigation Initiative Standing Working Group. She is a Marine Wildlife Consultant for the Animal Welfare Institute, and a member of the American Translators Association. Her ties to Cetacean Society International go back to the 1980s.