Exploring frontiers, giving a voice to other lives, working to save ocean habitats

I have spent most of my life working with whales and dolphins and other ocean creatures in more than 60 countries. I have also spent time in the rain forest — looking at ant societies and rain forest ecosystems. I love new frontiers and I see my writing as a chance to explore the outer edges of what we know about wild animals, the ocean and the Earth; to give a voice to these other lives; and to try to shape in a positive way the human relationship to wild nature.

Please feel free to visit the links on this page. The Books section gives a preview of the books I have written, with reviews collected by my publishers. The News page offers news, blogs and other posts of potential interest. See the Talks page for more about the talks and presentations I give. For downloads of my papers and excerpts from some of my books, please go to my researchgate page.

From 2016-21, I plan to continue working with Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (we co-chair the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force) and colleagues Mike Tetley, Simone Panigada, Margherita Zanardelli, Caterina Lanfredi, Gianna Minton, Gill Braulik and others to implement a new conservation tool called “Important Marine Mammal Areas”, or IMMAs. Whales, dolphins and other marine mammals have largely been left out of habitat protection efforts in national waters and on the high seas.

The identification and mapping of IMMAs is urgently needed and will lead to greater protection for a wide range of ocean species and habitats. IMMAs will also provide checks on existing MPAs. Are they in the right place?

For more information about our IUCN Task Force, go here. This work is being coordinated through the Healthy Seas Programme of WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, an international conservation group based in the UK, US, Germany, Australia and Latin America, and through Tethys Research Institute as part of a suite of projects organised by GOBI, the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative.

— Erich Hoyt


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Dorset, UK