Dr. Howard Rosenbaum

Director, Ocean Giants

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum is a Senior Conservation Scientist and Director of WCS's Ocean Giants Program, which aims to secure the future of whales, dolphins, and other marine species.

He is a Senior Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, core faculty member at Columbia University E3B Department, a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group and Important Marine Mammal Areas Task Force, and the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee.

Rosenbaum has led marine mammal conservation projects around the world, including in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans and the Arctic. For more than 30 years, Dr. Rosenbaum's innovative science has helped protect marine species from current and emerging threats in their most important habitats.

Rosenbaum is also a member of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Environmental Technical Working Group and on the Specialist Committee for Best Management Practices related to Offshore Wind Development. Rosenbaum has been a subject matter expert for two past BOEM workshops related to marine mammals and Offshore Wind Development, and recently served on IUCN’s panel on Mitigating Biodiversity Impacts to Wind Energy Development.

He has authored 95 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited a book on genomics, and his work has been featured widely in many popular media outlets. In the New York Bight, Rosenbaum leads WCS’s efforts for research and conservation of marine mammals, which includes a collaborative effort to use state-of-the-art near real-time acoustic monitoring and other technologies to study whales and ocean noise. Rosenbaum earned his PhD from Yale University.

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