Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for nearly three decades and has been involved in projects on every continent. Dr. Parsons is currently an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow acting as a communications and policy specialist for the Oceans Division of the National Science Foundation.
Before that he was the Scientific Content and Creative Director for the Speak Up for Blue network – a leading independent marine science/nature podcasting company producing, editing and hosting a number of marine science & conservation podcasts. He was also a consultant for a number of environmental groups in Washington DC, consulting on marine wildlife, conservation and science communication and policy issues.
Before this, he spent 15 years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy at George Mason University , in addition to being the Director of their undergraduate program in environmental science.
He’s a member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), has been involved in organizing four of the International Marine Conservation Congresses (IMCC) (the world’s largest academic marine conservation conference) and two of the International Congresses for Conservation Biology. He was a Governor of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) for nearly a decade and also served two terms as the president of the SCB Marine Section and was on the Board of Directors of the American Cetacean Society as their Conservation Chair. He is currently on the Board of Directors of both the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the SCB Conservation Marketing & Engagement Working Group.
In addition, Dr. Parsons has published over 170 scientific papers and book chapters and has written a textbook on marine mammal biology & conservation and co-edited a book on marine wildlife conflict resolution.