Marie Van Bressem
Marie obtained her PhD in veterinary sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Immunology and Vaccinology, University of Liège, Belgium. She is an Associate Scientist at the Peruvian Centre for Cetacean Research (CEPEC) and founding member of Pro Delphinus and of the Cetacean Conservation Medicine Group.
Her early work at Pro Delphinus and CEPEC was directed toward the conservation of cetaceans, sea turtles and other aquatic wildlife through environmental education of children. Marie was also closely involved in the monitoring of small cetacean and sea turtle fisheries in Peru, as well as in the in the collection of data on the natural history of cetaceans.
Marie studies infectious agents of cetaceans, examines their epidemiology and how they could negatively affect the long-term conservation of dolphins, porpoises and whales. She is currently especially involved in the investigation of skin diseases in cetaceans worldwide and their possible link to a degraded habitat.