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DR. RODOLFO WERNER is a wildlife conservationist who has devoted many years of his career to the study and conservation of Patagonian wildlife, marine mammals, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica. One of his field research projects studied the diving behavior and behavioral ecology of southern sea lions (Otaria flavescens) off the Patagonian coast. He has also worked with southern elephant seals and Magellan penguins.
Rodolfo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, graduated as biologist from the University of Buenos Aires, obtained a PhD in Biology at the University of Munich, Germany, and conducted Postdoctoral work at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Rodolfo has consulted for the World Wildlife Fund International and US, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, the National Environmental Trust, the Pew Environment Group, and for other international organizations on marine conservation issues such as marine protected areas, fisheries, marine policy, and marine mammals. For the last 6 years he has been working on Antarctic marine wildlife, especially on the conservation Antarctic marine resources, such as Patagonian toothfish, Antarctic krill and penguins in association with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC; www.asoc.org).
Besides of his Antarctic work, he has been also the Coordinator of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence (www.patagoniansea.org), for which National Geographic is one of its associate members. Currently, he is the Science Advisor of the Antarctic Krill Conservation Project (www.krillcount.org), which is an initiative funded by The Pew Environment Group (Pew Charitable Trusts) to promote Antarctic krill and penguin conservation. He has participated in National Geographic – Wild Chronicles – with regards to Antarctic krill and provided support to several articles produced by the magazine.
He has attended meetings of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources – CCAMLR - since 2003 and for the last four years, Rodolfo has been the ASOC representative to the CCAMLR Scientific Committee, acting also as the ASOC Coordinator during CCAMLR meetings, and the Head of Delegation in several opportunities. For the last four years, he has been also advisor to ASOC at the meetings of the Committee for Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty.
For the last five years, Rodolfo has been working as nature guide on board of the Corinthian II (Travel Dynamics International) in trips to Antarctica (more than 10 trips). Besides of guiding and providing support with operations, he has lectured on diverse Antarctic marine conservation issues.
He has lived in Argentina, Germany, Canada, USA and Spain, and has traveled extensively throughout the world for his work and to experience different cultures. Besides of his academic credentials, he is fluent in English, Spanish and German.
He is currently based in San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina.
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