Senior Marine Scientist, Humane Society International
Mark Simmonds is Senior Marine Scientist at Humane Society International, and a world-renowned marine biologist who has spent the better part of his career looking at factors impacting marine mammals in the modern world. He is the author/co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, reports, articles and reviews, and several books. Along the way he has helped to raise the alarm about the impacts of chemical pollution and marine debris on seals and cetaceans, the growing significance of marine noise and the threat posed by climate change. He has been employed in the university sector (as a researcher, lecturer and reader) and by several international non-governmental organisations. In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his work in marine mammal conservation and environmental sciences.