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Mike Bossley

Manager, Science & Education

A conservationist and scientist. Most of early life worked as a university lecturer while moonlighting for environmental groups. Published a number of scientific papers and given presentations at international conferences. Served on the Australian government IWC delegation for six years and made many submissions to governments on various conservation issues. Has been studying dolphins in Adelaide for 25 years using the non invasive photo ID method. The study documents various human impacts on the dolphins and also the spread of "tail walking" through the local population, an example of cultural behaviour. Was successful in having the government declare the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and he now chairs the Advisory Board. Also working on the establishment of a national sanctuary for the NZ Dolphin. Awards include the Australian of the Year for South Australia, the Australian Centenary Medal and and the Order of Australia for services to marine conservation.