Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation

2006 - Prof Hal Whitehead

Hal Whitehead has made internationally significant contributions to the conservation of cetaceans through his research on the behaviour (principally social organization and cultural transmission), ecology and population biology of sperm and northern bottlenose whales. With his team of researchers, Professor Whitehead will spend weeks at sea on board the ocean-going cruising boat Balaena (Valiant 40), collecting acoustic, visual, photographic and oceanographic data, followed by long periods analyzing data in the lab. His work has been a critical source of sober second thought with respect to the effects of military sonar and other anthropogenic sound sources on cetaceans.

Professor Whitehead has developed behavioural methods of analysis that are now widely used to better understand the social structure of whales.


The Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park