Dr Kim Goetz is a marine ecologist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research where she specializes on the movement and foraging behavior of marine mammals and seabirds. Dr Goetz is passionate about making the results from her scientific research accessible to both the public and policy makers so that conservation and management plans are data driven. She grew up in Colorado earning her bachelors degree with an interest in conservation. Her Master’s research from Duke University took her to the Arctic where she studied Beluga whales, among other species. Once she completed her PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz she soon relocated to New Zealand to begin her research career. Enjoy another incredible episode with another expert working hard to help us better understand our oceans and how to conserve them.
In fact she says:
“As long as I can remember, I always loved nature and the outdoors. No matter how chaotic life was, nature always provided a sense of tranquillity. What I didn’t realize was that it was my love for the outdoors that would guide the rest of my career and take me to places beyond my wildest dreams. From studying ants in the rainforests of Costa Rica, birds in the Adirondack mountains of New York, beluga and bowhead whales in the arctic, Weddell seals and emperor penguins in Antarctica, and finally to blue whales in New Zealand. I am interested in identifying physical, biological, and human-induced factors that influence the relationship between organisms and their environment in an effort to help conserve and protect habitat that is important to a species survival.”
Blue whale Tracks off New Zealand