Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is a marine conservation ecologist. PhD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego (1985); founder (1986) and president (1986-1997, 2010-2016), Tethys Research Institute; CMS CoP-appointed Councillor for Aquatic Mammals (2014-present); Co-Chair, IUCN Task Force on marine mammal protected areas (2013-present); Deputy Chair, IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group (1997-present); Regional Coordinator (Mediterranean and Black Seas), IUCN WCPA – Marine (2000-present); Member, Shark Specialist Group; Advisor, Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation (2003-present). President of Istituto Centrale per la Ricerca Applicata al Mare (ICRAM; 1997-2003). Professor in science and policy of the conservation of marine biodiversity (2007-2016) at the University Statale of Milan (more details: