IWDG Appoint New Officers

30th Sep 2012

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Board of Directors are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Officers. The new officers are voluntary and were advertised to IWDG members and will cover the roles of Conservation, Northern Ireland and Irish Language.

The IWDG Conservation Officer is Dr Joanne O’Brien. She is a postdoctoral researcher/ lecturer at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. She lectures on the Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology Degree. Joanne has been working on cetaceans since 2004 and completed a PhD on small cetaceans off the west coast of Ireland in 2009. She is particularly interested in acoustic monitoring and is currently principal investigator on an EPA funded project exploring ocean noise.

 Padraic de Bhaldraithe is the new IWDG Irish language officer. Padraic undertook postgraduate research in biological oceanography in Galway and in the Centre Nationale de l’Exploration des Océans in Brest, France. After teaching in a second-level school for 10 years he joined the inspectorate of the Department of Education and subsequently seconded to the State Examinations Commission where he was the Chief Examiner for Biology. He has been a member of the IWDG for a number of years. He is also a keen sailor and a founding member of the Galway Hooker Association and currently works as a freelance translator.

Zoë Stevenson is the new Northern Ireland officer. She recently graduated from Swansea University and her passion for whales and dolphins have taken her all over the world. She’s seen humpback whales in Costa Rica, Hector’s dolphins in New Zealand and fin whales in Italy just to name a few. Zoe has lived in Northern Ireland for pretty much her whole life. 

We thank the new officers for becoming involved with the IWDG.  The IWDG will soon be appointing three more officers to Welfare, Education and Science.