Greg Donovan,
International Whaling Commission , The Red House, Station Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB4 9NP, UK; Contact e-mail:

Greg Donovan is now the Head of Science at the International Whaling Commission, based in Cambridge UK where he has worked for over 25 years. He acts as a scientific advisor to a number of intergovernmental organisations including ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas) and ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area) and the special IUCN scientific advisory group on western gray whales. He is also Editor of the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. His fieldwork has taken him to many parts of the world, including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Alaska and Peru, where he has also taken delight in establishing small outposts of lovers of traditional Irish music and Guinness. His special research interests include population abundance estimation and population dynamics, particularly in the context of conservation and management. In recent years, this has focussed particularly on the incorporation of uncertainty into a /management procedure’ approach for the management of aboriginal subsistence whaling, commercial whaling and bycatch. He believes that effective international conservation requires co-operation, dialogue between scientists, managers and users, and a respect for different views, rather than confrontation.