His research on the acoustic communication of fishes led to similar studies of the acoustics of marine mammals, and he did some of the pioneering work on the study of humpback whale song. The acoustics research soon expanded into wide-ranging studies of marine mammals, and he became an internationally recognized authority on whale biology. He was scientific director of the Cetacean and Turtle Assessment Program, a landmark study in 1978-1982 of the whales, dolphins, and sea turtles off the northeastern United States. Much of his whale research over the last 15 years focused on the right whale, the world's most endangered whale species. He was the lead investigator of the South Channel Ocean Productivity Experiment, a large program which significantly advanced our understanding of right whale habitat requirements, and served as a member of the national right whale recovery team. In more recent years he had returned in part to his scientific "roots" and was conducting a continuing study of the ecology and behavior of coral reef fishes in Belize, Central America.
Howard is survived by his wife, Susan L. Hammen-Winn, and four sons. Condolences may be sent to the family at 1545 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Donations toward a fund to plant a memorial garden on the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus should be sent to the attention of Jane Miner, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI 02882-1197. Checks should be made out to "Howard E. Winn Memorial Fund" or "URI Foundation".
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