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Dr. Celine Godard
Chief Scientist
Home: Woods Hole, MA USA

Celine is originally from France where she lived and studied before coming to the US in 1993. Her French graduate degree in Biology is a "Diplome d'Ingenieur des Techniques Agricoles" with a specialization in Ecology. She studied wild deer and boar populations in the East of France as well as the reproduction of marine turtles in French Guiana, South America. She obtained an MS in Microbiology from Clemson University in 1994, working on the toxicological effects of commercial herbicides and anesthetics on channel catfish. In 1995, she moved to Woods Hole, MA to study the effects of marine pollution on whales and dolphins while pursuing a Ph. D. in Environmental Toxicology in a joint program between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Texas Tech. University. While working on her Ph.D., Celine participated in three whale research cruises (off Nova Scotia, Canada; off Cape Cod, MA; and in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico) and presented her research at various international meetings including those of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, the Society of Toxicology and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In addition, Celine co-founded the Northeast Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy in 1998 and acted as Chapter President until 2000. She also has been an active member of the Cape Cod Stranding Network since 1995, and to date she has assisted in the clinical evaluation, sample collection and necropsy of more than 100 stranded dolphins or whales.

Celine completed her Ph.D. in December 2000 and joined Ocean Alliance as Chief Scientist for the Voyage of the Odyssey in January 2001. The Chief Scientist position is on location at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where Celine also holds an apointment as Guest Scientist. She first collaborated with Ocean Alliance in 1999 when she helped organize the science lab aboard the research vessel Odyssey, and subsequently when she served as Chief Scientist for a month during the Sea of Cortez leg. Celine is now overseeing the Voyage of the Odyssey interdisciplinary science program, which includes research in the fields of whale toxicology, genetics and acoustics. Both her laboratory and field research focus on the development of benign risk assessment methodologies to further our understanding of the impact of pollution on whales and dolphins.

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