Dr. Michael Moore, vet. mb., PhD
Senior Scientist, Director- Marine Mammal Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Moore is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA). While he works with many species of whales, Dr. Moore has devoted much of his career to understanding the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, who are too often the victims of human activities. Since coming to WHOI as a graduate student in 1986, Moore has investigated why North Atlantic Right Whales have not rebounded as they could have in the eight decades since whaling was outlawed, while their South Atlantic cousins have. Moore and his colleagues have come to recognize that the species mostly lives in a highly “urbanized” ocean, where ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements are a constant concern. He has studied various pharmacological and mechanical tools to help restrain or sedate large whales so that they can be cut loose from ropes and fishing gear. These efforts include the development of methods of injecting large whales with sedatives or antibiotics. Moore also works with colleagues to understand the impact of ship strikes on whales. His work has helped to set new guidelines about shipping lanes and speed limits.