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Dr Nick Pyenson

Curator of fossil marine mammals, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History
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Dr Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC

Dr Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

His work has taken him to every continent, and his scientific discoveries frequently appear in the New York Times, National Geographic, The Economist, on NPR, CBC and the BBC.

He is a National Geographic Explorer and a member of the Young Scientists community at the World Economic Forum, and he has also received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Obama White House.

In his acclaimed book Spying on Whales, Nick recounts his first-hand experiences from the frontlines of science to uncover the secret lives of whales ‘from their four-legged past to their perilous present’.

Watch Dr Nick Pyenson’s keynote, Data and the Whale: Why natural history museums matter for the crises of the 21st century, from our event Sharing Data Better: The Rise of Data Institutions