Maybe you’ve already caught a glimpse of Susan Gallon’s friendly smile in Palma during the experience exchange workshop last November. If you didn’t have that chance, don’t despair, she now officially joined MedPAN’s team at the beginning of January in the capacity of Scientific Officer.

Doctor in marine ecology from the University of St Andrews (Sea Mammal Research Unit, UK), Susan carried out research projects in various part of the world (Scotland, Tasmania, Brazil and numerous subantarctic islands) and has more than 12 years of expertise in the behavioural ecology and ecophysiology of marine mammals. Susan spent the last 2.5 years in Brest at the French Biodiversity Agency where she coordinated a large European project, providing expertise on tools and strategies to protect marine mammals in French MPAs.

“At MedPAN, I’ll be able to apply my scientific expertise to directly support Mediterranean MPA managers, with marine mammals of course but also with other subjects of importance” she says enthusiastically.

She is also part of the IUCN international task force on Marine Mammals and as such is part of the organisation of the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammals that takes place from 8 to 12 April in Greece. MedPAN co-organises 2 sessions at this conference.