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Bernd Würsig
Last update: January 2018
Honors and Professional Societies   Society for Marine Mammalogy, Past President (1991-1993); Distinguished Teacher Award, Texas A&M University, 1994; Chairman’s Award for Research, National Geographic Society, 1998; Academy Award Nomination, Science Advisor, IMAX movie “Dolphins”, 2000; Awarded Regents Professorship, 2006; Distinguished Achievement Award: Graduate Mentoring, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University; Minnie Piper Award for Teaching Excellence, 2010; George P. Mitchell '40 Chair in Sustainable Fisheries, 2012–2017; University Distinguished Professor, 2013; Texas A&M University Former Students' Award – Excellence in Teaching, 2015
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Assistant to Full Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University, 1981–1989

Professor of Marine Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 1989–2016; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, 2016–Present


Director, Institute of Marine Life Sciences, 1995—2012

Inaugural Chair, Department of Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, 2008—2010


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.

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