Niru Dorrian RMarSci MIMarEST won the Marine Ambassador category for the IMarEST Outstanding Contribution Award 2017.
Niru is a marine mammal biologist and a Registered Marine Scientist through the IMarEST with over 12 years’ experience in marine mammal fieldwork, conservation and media.
The past decade has seen him work on over 40 offshore projects around the world. He is currently working as an Environmental Advisor within high profile marine protected sites and is the co-founding Director of Whalefish an international not-for-profit marine research and conservation organisation.
He also has extensive experience in stranding research, rescue and rehabilitation of delphinid and pinniped species and works regularly with international stranding organisations alongside his work with the MMOA.
Niru won the award for his dedication and passion for marine conservation and specifically for marine mammal science - his ideas, initiative, drive and determination have been the catalyst for many of the successes of Whalefish, which now has professional representation on three continents, provides an invaluable career resource for many marine science students around the world and continues to grow in reputation as a respectable organisation grounded on solid, impartial and non-extremist science which informs and assists many in their conservation objectives.
Niru also provides student mentoring and career advice to aspiring marine science students through the University of Stirling Alumni Mentoring programme and also through Whalefish.
He is the elected Chair of the Marine Mammal Observer Association and is also Environmental Advisor for Shell, where he has designed operational guidelines for protected marine fauna and advised on improving environmental performance. Shell Exploration and Production (LIX) is now being recognised as a key partner in assisting the Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) profession to deliver a high standard of environmental protection on offshore projects. Under his direction Shell adopted the MMOA Position Statement and best-practice hiring guide for contracting suitably qualified MMOs and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators. Niru has also been able to drive this on other projects currently in planning phases for 2018.
Niru has continued to contribute to educational outreach via presentations, talks at schools, interviews with press and magazine publications, documentary film work, leading professional conservation orientated workshops, and producing scientific publications. Niru lives by the philosophy that “science is never truly finished until it is communicated”.