Naomi Rose

Board Member

Naomi Rose is the marine mammal scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC. She works on several campaigns and coalitions addressing problems associated with cetacean live capture, trade and captivity, both in the U.S. and abroad.

She has testified before the U.S. Congress four times and is a member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, where she participates in the subcommittees on environmental concerns and whale watching.

Naomi has authored or co-authored more than 35 scientific papers, and has authored numerous articles for animal protection publications, as well as chapters in several books. She lectures annually at three universities and speaks at and participates in various conferences, workshops, meetings, and task forces at the international, national and state level. Her work was featured in the book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, by David Kirby.

She received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1992, where her dissertation examined the social dynamics of wild orcas. She has worked on four rehabilitation and release projects for cetaceans over the years, and is a member of the team advising Merlin Entertainment on its proposal to retire several dolphins to a seaside sanctuary in Europe.