Staff Scientist, Marine Mammals, Oceans Division, Nature Program
Francine Kershaw integrates data and information on behavior, genetics, and oceanography using geospatial tools to identify areas of the ocean crucial for marine mammals and then assess how vulnerable those areas are to human impacts. She uses this information to advocate for improved protections related to a variety of issues, including ocean noise, offshore renewables, ship strikes, and bycatch. She currently leads NRDC's work to end large whale entanglements. Prior to joining NRDC, Kershaw worked at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, U.K. She holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Leeds, a master's degree in biodiversity, conservation, and management from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Columbia University. Kershaw is an active member of the IUCN Joint WCPA/SSC Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force (MMPATF), the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, and the Group On Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Genetic Composition Working Group. She is also an associate member of the Indian Ocean Network for Cetacean Research (IndoCet). She is currently based in Greenville, SC.