Fabian Ritter

Scientific Advisor, Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Fabian Ritter studied biology at the University of Bremen and then moved to Berlin in 1996, where he lives until today. In 1998, he was a co-founder of the association M.E.E.R. e.V. Today, he’s the President and Director of Research of this non-profit organization. Since 2012, he is a scientific advisor and lead campaigner with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), mainly involved in the issues of marine protected areas and the conservation of harbor porpoises.

On La Gomera, he conducts courses in behavioral biology for students since many years. He regularly gives talks and also works as a lecturer on expedition cruises. His many journeys brought him to the remotest places including the Arctic and Antarctica. He regularly publishes scientific articles and he is the author of four cetacean related books. Ritter is also a long-standing member of the International Whaling Commission‘s (IWC) Scientific Committee, where he is renown as an expert for whale watching as well as dolphin and whale conservation. Since 2012, he acts as one of IWC’s ship strike data-coordinators and oversees the IWC global data base on collisions between ships and cetaceans.