Project Scientist, Marine Mammals, Oceans Division, Nature Program
As part of NRDC’s Marine Mammal Protection Project and Oceans Program, Francine Kershaw identifies areas of the ocean that are crucial for marine mammals and then assesses how vulnerable those areas are to human impacts. She combines information on marine mammal behavior, genetics, and oceanography using geospatial tools to advocate for and improve marine mammal protections. 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 and a master’s degree in biodiversity, conservation, and management from the University of Oxford. She earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Columbia University. Kershaw is a member of the IUCN Joint WCPA/SSC Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force (MMPATF). She works out of NRDC’s New York office.