IWDG appoint Science and Welfare Officers

21st Nov 2012

The IWDG are pleased to announce the appointment of two new officers to their ranks.  These cover the recently advertised Science and Welfare Officer positions with the group. This appointment compliments the recruitment of Conservation, Northern Ireland and Irish Language Officers.

The Science Officer will be responsible for managing the IWDG research and identifying priorities and policies for the IWDG. The Welfare officer will undertake a similar role for welfare issues.

The Science Officer is Conor Ryan. Conor recently graduated from GMIT with a PhD on the ecology of baleen whales in Irish waters using chemical markers such as stable isotopes. He has been reporting sightings to IWDG from headlands around Co. Cork since the late 1990s and carried out studies on killer whales and bottlenose dolphins in Cork Harbour. Conor recently led two expeditions to Cape Verde, collecting tissue samples to facilitate molecular genetic studies on humpback whales in the North Atlantic.

Paul Kiernan is the Welfare Officer.  Paul is a graduate of UCD with an honours Degree in Animal Science through the Faculty of Agriculture and a Masters in Animal Welfare through the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  Paul works as an inspector with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  Paul loves to travel and is an avid scuba diver having dived all over the world.  Paul started freediving over a year ago and has recently completed his AIDA 4 Star and SSI Level 3 qualifications in freediving. 

We welcome them both to the IWDG and look forward to their contributions to the IWDG.

The last appointment the IWDG would like to make in the near future is that of Education Officer.  This is proving difficult as we have a lot of fantastic candidates and the brief is so large.  IWDG might prepare an Education and Communication Strategy to help them develop the brief.