Dr. Rodolfo Werner Kinkelin is a wildlife conservationist who has devoted his professional career to the study and conservation of the Patagonian Sea, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica. For many years, he conducted field research on the Patagonian Coast studying the diving behavior and behavioral ecology of southern sea lions. He has also participated in research projects on southern elephant seals and Magellan penguins in Patagonia.
He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, graduated as biologist from the University of Buenos Aires, obtained a Ph.D. in biology at the University of Munich, Germany, and conducted a postdoc in marine zoology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Rodolfo has consulted for a multitude of respected international organizations on marine conservation issues such as marine policy, marine mammals, marine protected areas, marine governance, and fisheries management. For the last 13 years he has been focusing his work on Antarctic marine conservation. Currently, he is and advisor to the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition and the Pew Charitable Trusts on issues such as penguin conservation, marine protected areas, and Antarctic krill fisheries management.
Rodolfo has an extensive list of publications and presentations on Antarctic science and policy, and has been attending meetings of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the Committee for Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treat, and Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings for the last 13 years as the scientific representative of ASOC. Also, Rodolfo is the science advisor of Agenda Antarctica, a young environmental organization created in Argentina that focuses on the conservation of Antarctica.
Since 2006, Rodolfo has been also working as a naturalist on board of vessels traveling to Antarctica. Besides of guiding and providing support with operations, he lectures on diverse Antarctic marine conservation issues.
He has lived in Argentina, Germany, Canada, the U.S., and Spain, and he has traveled extensively throughout the world for his work and to experience different cultures. Besides of his academic credentials, he is fluent in English, Spanish, and German. He is currently based in San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina.