Marine Mammal Biology , Marine Life Program, Animal Welfare Institute
Naomi Rose is the senior scientist (marine mammal biology), Marine Life Program, for the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) in Washington, DC. She campaigns internationally to end cetacean live capture, trade, and commercial display, and to improve captive marine mammal welfare.
She received a PhD in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1992, where her dissertation examined the social dynamics of free-ranging male orcas.
Naomi has been a member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee since 2000, where she participates in the subcommittees on environmental concerns, small cetaceans, and whale watching. Dr. Rose is also an AWI representative in a coalition of non-profit organizations devoted to defending and strengthening the US Marine Mammal Protection Act. She has testified before the US Congress four times, at the Canadian Parliament, and at several federal and state legislative and regulatory hearings. She gave a TedX Talk in Bend, Oregon in April 2015 on captive orca welfare.
Dr. Rose has worked in the marine mammal advocacy field for 30 years.