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June 6, 2021 52 min

Dr Simon Pierce is the worlds top whale shark conservation biologist.  Co-founder of Marine Megafauna Foundation, he also founded MMF’s flagship global research program on whale sharks.  Simon led the research team whose efforts resulted in whale sharks being recognized as globally endangered for the first time on the IUCN Red List, led the technical proposal that successfully listed whale sharks as globally protected via the UN Convention on Migratory Species, and led the first IUCN Green Status assessment of the species.  Simon is a scientific advisor to the global whale shark database ( and a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group.

He has recently co-edited a textbook, 'Whale Sharks: Biology, Ecology, & Conservation', which will be available in August.  Simon has also been involved in the publication of over 50 scientific papers.

Simon is not too shabby with a camera either and co-hosts a wildlife and travel photography gig called Nature Tripper, a website and magazine with his better half and conservation designer Madeliene Pierce aka Mads. Oh and to top it all off, he’s a Kiwi so not only is he a brainbox but he’s got a sense of humour too!

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