||Dr. Vic Cockcroft was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and attended the University of Natal,
where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. As the Curator of Marine Mammals and now Director of the Centre for
Dolphin Studies (an independent research and education institute), he has been involved in marine mammal (whales, dolphins,
seals and sirenians) research for 30 years. Dr. Cockcroft served as an advisor on both the Cetacean and Sirenian Specialist
Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) and has served on the International Whaling
Commissionís (I.W.C.) Small Cetacean Advisory Committee. He has been principal investigator on more than 40 marine
mammal research programmes in Southern and East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean, during which he has trained over
35 post graduate students at the M.Sc. Or Ph.D. Level. He has contributed over 150 publications to the scientific and
popular press, including general books on marine mammals. Contact Vic here.
||Dr Almeida Guissamulo was born in Maputo, Mozambique and concluded graduate education ( Licenciatura) at
Eduardo Mondlane University in 1993 and in 2008 obtained a PhD degree in Zoology from the University of Kwazulu Natal. Since 1992 he has been
conducting research on small cetaceans and dugongs, including the ecology and conservation of bottlenose and humpback dolphins in Maputo Bay;
the distribution and abundance of dugongs and dolphins in the Bay of Bazaruto Archipelago and studies of the swim with the dolphin tourism at Ponta do
Ouro, Southern Mozambique. Almeida is also involved in socio-economic research in the the field of artisanal fisheries, having studied
fishing communities and dynamics at Vamizi (Quirimba Archipelago); the migration of fishers in northern coast of
Cabo Delgado Province and the exploitation of marine resources (mainly fisheries and invertebrates) at Inhaca Island in Southern Mozambique. Almeida
currently lectures at Eduardo Mondlane University teaching, among other courses, animal ecology and the population biology (at undergraduate course)
and marine and coastal Biodiveristy (at Masters Level) and is a researcher at the Natural History Museum of Maputo. Contact Almeida here.
||Dr Ken Findlay is a marine mammal biologist based in Cape Town, South Africa, who has been involved
in abundance estimation marine mammals (particularly humpback whales) in the western Indian Ocean and Southern Oceans region for twenty years. He studied at
an undergraduate level at the University of Cape Town and completed both his MSc and PhD degrees through the University of Pretoria's Mammal Research
Institute. Ken has been researching dugongs of the Bazaruto Archipelago since 2007. Contact Ken here.