I study behavioral ecology of marine mammals – especially small cetaceans of late – and thus am interested in how animals in the marine environment cope with the amazing demands made on them – by nature and by our human-generated influence and at times partial to wholesale destruction of their natural habitats. I have been fortunate to study river dolphins in Peru and China, oceanic whales in Argentina, far east Russia, and the Arctic; and a host of delphinids from the Bahamas to Patagonia Argentina, from north-central California to Hong Kong and South Island New Zealand. I especially enjoy collaborative efforts, and have published with students and colleagues on issues of multi-species interactions among pinnipeds and cetaceans, marine mammals and marine birds, and noise pollution and mitigative effects.
My students and I tend to believe in a more global “Weltanschauung” (or world view), where we realize (or think we understand, smiles) that over-uses of plastics and hydrocarbon fuels and other agents of modern society, compromise attempts for long-term sustainable existence on a seemingly resistant but ultimately fragile Earth. We can win economically both in the short-term and environmentally in the long-term, not just for us, but for our children and childrens’ children, and – of course – beyond. We must so look ahead, or be at risk of being the generation that helped immediate “jobs” and immediate future, but forgot the true future and genetic legacy that is us.