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Moira Brown

Moira Brown, Ph.D.

Scientist Emeritus
Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life


JD honoris causa, Mount Allison University, Sackville, 2012
PhD, Marine Biology, University of Guelph, 1995
BS, Environmental Conservation and Land Planning, McGill University, 1985
BEd, Physical Education, McGill University, June 1977


Moira Brown, PhD, is a scientist emeritus who has worked with the Right Whale Research team at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life since 2003. She lives on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada where she is a senior scientist with the Canadian Whale Institute/Campobello Whale Rescue team.

Before that, she was a research scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA, and a professor at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME. She has focused on research and conservation issues of right whales in the western North Atlantic since 1985, when she joined the Right Whale Research team as a volunteer. Her objective is to apply the results of right whale research to work with industry and government to develop, implement, and monitor measurable mitigation measures to reduce the risk of vessel strikes.

She has many years of experience working in partnership with the shipping and commercial fishing industries in Canada and internationally through industry-focused stewardship programs. By collaborating with the shipping and commercial fishing industries as well as various agencies in the Canadian federal government, Moira aims to help marine industries provide maximum protection for right whales with minimal disruption to their operations. Her work in Canada has led to many conservation successes for right whales and paved the way for future mitigation measures as new right whale habitats emerge.


  • 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award, Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership
  • 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • 2003 Canadian Environment Award, Gold Medal for Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • 2002 Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment


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