Cetacean Society International

Working for whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide

William Rossiter Bio Picture

William Rossiter


Advocacy, Science, Grants

1984 - Present

E-mail: rossiter@csiwhalesalive.org

Bill Rossiter's volunteer career for cetaceans began in Mexico in 1977, when he met Amazing Grace, a friendly gray whale. He joined the then-Connecticut Cetacean Society in 1978 and by 1980 was meeting whales and dolphins with his Zodiac inflatable boat during adventures from the Bahamas to Hudson Bay, from California to Massachusetts. Among other boards, Bill served Provincetown's Center for Coastal Studies for almost 40 years as a volunteer, advisor, and member of the board of directors.

By the time Bill retired from his "real" job as a pilot with United Airlines he had met many scientists, conservationists and educators worldwide, and currently serves on the Society for Marine Mammalogy's International Relations Committee. For CSI his focus since the '80's has been to advocate on issues related to human impacts, and to support the emerging generations of scientists, educators and conservationists, people who will help cetaceans and the marine environment. Since the mid-90's his focus has been on Latin America.

Bill and Mia, his wife of 51 years, share an intense love of Nature. They live in Connecticut with their current family of four adopted dogs, learning something new every day from the forest that surrounds them.