Erich Hoyt has written more than 300 scientific and popular articles and reports on a wide variety of wildlife and environmental topics. Since researching and writing the seminal book, The Whale Watcher's Handbook (Doubleday, Penguin, 1984), he has become an authority on whale watching, serving as a consultant for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, WWF-International, and for the British and Australian governments.
He was on the steering committee of the original whale watch workshop on the scientific aspects of managing whale watching in Italy in 1995 and assisted with several of the succeeding workshops. He helped organize the IFAW workshop and edited the subsequent report on the Socioeconomic Aspects of Whale Watching, held in Kaikoura, New Zealand in 1997.
Hoyt has written 13 books, half of them on whales and dolphins, for major US and British publishers. They have been translated into 15 languages. His books include Orca: The Whale Called Killer now in its 4th edition (Dutton, 1981; Firefly, Hale, London, 1990), The Earth Dwellers (Simon & Schuster, 1996, 1997), Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises (with Mark Carwardine, Time-Life, HarperCollins, Discover Channel, 1998) and Insect Lives (Wiley, 1999).
His articles have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times (London), Reader's Digest, International Wildlife, Defenders, Equinox, New Scientist, Kagaku Asahi, and more than 75 others.
In 1985-86, he was Vannevar Bush Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he was twice been Thurber Writer-in-Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. He has won 14 awards in the UK, Canada and the US for his magazine and book writing. He has given keynote lectures and presentations at conferences in Japan, Iceland, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Dominica, and other countries. A US-Canadian dual citizen, he currently lives in North Berwick, Scotland.
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