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Dany Zbinden

Marine Biologist & Guide

A Swiss-Canadian marine biologist with a Master’s degree from the University of Zurich and an executive director of the Mériscope Marine Research Station (Canada), Dany has been involved with research, outreach and conservation of marine mammals since 1993.

Growing up around sailboats and water, Dany developed a profound fascination for aquatic environments and wildlife from early childhood. In 2001, following a research project on the bioacoustics of minke whales in the Subarctic Gulf of St. Lawrence, he founded the Mériscope Marine Research Station, a nonprofit organization on the north shore of the St. Lawrence estuary. In close collaboration with Canadian, European and U.S. universities, the Mériscope has facilitated several research projects on marine mammals, ranging from animal bioacoustics and noise pollution over feeding strategies to the biological effects of persistent organic contaminants, and covering a wide array of species from harbor porpoises to blue whales. Dany first got involved with polar outreach and science at a polar educator workshop preceding the International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montreal, Canada.