Dr. Howard Rosenbaum is a Senior Conservation Scientist and Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) 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 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.
Dr. Melinda (Mindi) Rekdahl is an Associate Marine Conservation Scientist with the Ocean Giants Program at WCS. Her research interests include bioacoustics, behavioral ecology and marine conservation. More specifically, she is interested in how the acoustic (including biological and anthropogenic noise) and physical environment influence marine mammal behavior and distribution, and how this information can be used to inform conservation and management decisions. Melinda completed her PhD at the University of Queensland and has over 17 years of experience managing and working on marine mammal research and conservation projects in a number of locations around the world including Africa, Australia, Antarctica and now in New York. She has extensive experience coordinating and implementing marine mammal field research projects and is proficient at the use of bioacoustics software packages, detection and localization of cetacean vocalizations from large datasets and ambient noise analyses. She has worked on a range of marine mammal species and has extensive experience deploying PAM equipment, Digital Acoustic Tags (Dtags), collection of biopsy samples, photo identification and all aspects of data collection during aerial and vessel-based surveys. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and technical reports. Melinda is an invited member of IUCN SSC Sirenia Specialist Group and a Research Associate at the Centre for Environmental Sustainability in the Earth Institute at Columbia University. She is also a member of NYSERDA’s Marine Mammal Specialist Committee for Best Management Practices and the Marine Mammal Cumulative Impacts Working Group. Melinda has co-supervised a number of graduate and undergraduate Columbia University students.