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Dany Zbinden

Marine Biologist & Guide

Growing up around sailboats and water, Dany developed a profound fascination with aquatic environments and wildlife at an early age. A Swiss-Canadian marine biologist with a master’s degree from the University of Zurich, he has been involved with research, outreach and conservation of marine mammals since 1993.

In 2001, following a research project on the bioacoustics of minke whales in the Subarctic Gulf of St. Lawrence, Dany founded the Mériscope Marine Research Station, a non-profit organization on the north shore of the St. Lawrence estuary. Mériscope has facilitated, in close collaboration with Canadian, European and U.S. universities, several research projects on marine mammals, ranging from animal bioacoustics and noise pollution over feeding strategies to the biological effects of persistent organic contaminants. The projects have also covered a wide array of species, including harbor porpoises and blue whales. Mériscope’s executive director, Dany first became involved with polar outreach and science at a polar educator workshop preceding the International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montreal, Canada.