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Tim Werner, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist and Director, Bycatch Program

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Ph.D., Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2018
M.S., Business Management, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2001
M.S., Marine Zoology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1997
B.A. (cum laude), History, Boston University, MA, 1985


Tim Werner is a marine zoologist and conservation biologist, specializing in using science to conserve biodiversity in ways that also support the livelihoods of fishermen and coastal communities. His main research focus is on the evaluation of bycatch reduction technologies for endangered species that include marine mammals, sharks and rays, sea turtles, and seabirds. He has a longstanding interest in coral reef ecosystems, and has led several scientific expeditions to assess coral reef biodiversity and health in Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Solomon Islands. Before joining the New England Aquarium, he was a Senior Director at Conservation International, responsible for launching its marine program, helping to establish several marine and terrestrial reserves in the South Pacific and South America, and developing environmentally sound income-generation for rural communities as incentives to conserve their natural environments. Dr. Werner’s work received the 2013 Katerva Ecosystem Conservation Award.

  1. Select Publications

    Werner, T.B., S. Northridge, K.M. Press, and N. Young. 2015. Mitigating bycatch and depredation of marine mammals in longline fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72 (5): 1576-1586. doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv092

    Jordan, J., J. Mandelman, D. McComb, S. Fordham, J. Carlson, and T.B. Werner. 2013. Linking sensory biology and fisheries bycatch reduction in elasmobranch fishes: A review with new directions for research. Conservation Physiology 1. doi.org/10.1093/conphys/cot002

    Bordino P., A.I. Mackay, T.B. Werner, S.P. Northridge, and A.J. Read. 2013. Franciscana bycatch is not reduced by acoustically reflective or physically stiffened gillnets. Endangered Species Research 21:1-12. doi.org/10.3354/esr00503

    Reeves R.R., K. McClellan, and T.B. Werner. 2013. Marine mammal bycatch in gillnet and other entangling net fisheries, 1990-2011. Endangered Species Research 20:71-97. doi.org/10.3354/esr00481

    Žydelis, R., B.P. Wallace, E.L. Gilman, and T.B. Werner. 2009. Conservation of marine megafauna requires avoiding and minimizing fisheries bycatch. Conservation Biology 23(3):608-616. doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01172.x

    Werner, T., S. Kraus, A. Read, and E. Zollett. 2006. Fishing techniques to reduce the bycatch of threatened marine animals. Marine Technology Society Journal 40(3):50-68. doi.org/10.4031/002533206787353204

  2. Affiliations

  3. Invited Lectures, Presentations

    2017 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting, Providence, RI – “Evaluation of ‘rope-less’ fishing for reducing large whale entanglements”

    2017 Annual Meeting of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, North Falmouth, MA – “Evaluation of ‘rope-less’ fishing for reducing large whale entanglements”

    2017 Crab Gear/Marine Mammal Interaction Workshop, Portland, OR – “Techniques for reducing large whale entanglements”

    2016 New England Aquarium Lecture, Boston, MA – “Pingers, spools, and crooked hooks: Modifying fishing practices to prevent marine extinctions”

    2015 Aquaculture and Protected Resources Interactions Workshop, Gloucester, MA – “Observations on PETs (protected, endangered, and threatened species) and entanglement risk/severity in mussel farms”

    2015 Shark By-Watch UK 2 Technical Workshop: Innovative solutions for reducing bycatch and dead discards of threatened sharks, skates and rays, London, England – “Evaluations of electromagnetic deterrents to elasmobranch bycatch”