Stephen is the new IWDG Marine Policy Officer. He has been involved with the Group since 2008 recording sightings from the south and west coasts and offshore Ireland. Stephen holds a PhD in marine ecology from GMIT and has many years’ experience working with industry worldwide mitigating for the effects of underwater noise on whales, dolphins and porpoises. More recently he has worked as a marine ecology consultant on offshore wind development in Ireland.
Stephen’s role is to help develop and enhance the IWDG policies in relation to Marine Protected Areas, Offshore Renewable Energy and Fisheries. He will consult with government agencies, developers, environmental organisations and stakeholder groups to put forward the IWDG case for the conservation of cetaceans and their habitats.