Our Research Team

Nan Hauser

Nan Hauser

CCRC President
SPWRC Exec. Committee

Nan Hauser is the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation. She resides in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where she researches the population identity, population abundance, acoustics, genetics, behaviour, migration, and navigation of cetaceans. She is a Trustee for Save Our Oceans Charitable Trust in Rarotonga. She satellite-tags whales to gather information on their migration over long distances. She has taught on a global level for the Dolphin Research Center, Whale Conservation Institute (now Ocean Alliance), the New England Dolphin Outreach Project, the Cook Islands Whale Research Project, and other non-profit organisations. As a registered nurse, Nan practices and teaches medicine on the outer islands of the Cooks, where she also teaches in the local schools. She holds a US Coastguard 100-tonne Captain’s license.

Nan serves on the Executive Committee and is a scientific researcher for the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium. She played a major role in the creation of a 2 million square-kilometre whale sanctuary in the EEZ of the Cook Islands, and built a whale education center in Rarotonga. In the US, she has served on many boards of directors, including Cet Law and the Gulf of Maine Aquarium (now known as the Gulf of Maine Research Institute). Nan has been the focus of many Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, ARTE, and Smithsonian films. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in NYC, along with Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue and Khalid bin Sultan of Living Oceans, in November of 2014.

Research Team


Barbara Bollard

PhD Advisor (AUT) / Research Assistant

Barbara Bollard is an associate professor at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in the School of Applied Sciences. She is the acting director of the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand, director of AUT Drone Lab, and director of New Zealand Centre for ArtScience.

Barbara has an outstanding record of research success spanning geospatial science, ecosystem management and spatial ecology. She has over 20 years' experience working in government, NGO's and academia in both Australia and New Zealand. Her research focus has been the identification, selection and environmental monitoring of Protected Areas, using remote sensing technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), to map habitats and landscapes for conservation planning and integrating social data with environmental and biological information using decision support systems, multivariate statistics and GIS.

Travis Horton

Collaborative Scientist from University of Canterbury, New Zealand

 

Travis is a U.S.-N.Z. dual national residing in Christchurch, New Zealand. He holds a continuing academic staff position (Associate Professor) in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. His teaching and research expertise is best classified as Environmental Earth System Science - he teaches across all levels of undergraduate and (post)graduate programs with an emphasis on geochemical/isotopic tracers of Earth system processes and conditions.

Travis's research includes astrobiogeophysical (i.e. Exo-Earth System Science) analysis of animal movements in a variety of spatial and temporal coordinate spaces, stable isotope (bio)geochemistry, and aqueous geochemistry.

Cameron Thorpe

Cameron Thorp

Research Assistant

Cameron has spent most of his life on or in the water. His experience as a dive guide, captain, and fisherman has also helped to contribute towards whale research. Cameron and Ali have a daughter named Skyla who is also in love with the ocean!

Ali Haible Thorp

Ali Haible Thorp

Research Assistant

Ali has been on the team since she was 1 year old! She learned to walk down the ramp of the dolphin research center to go and visit her favorite dolphins, Annessa and Aleta. Her childhood took place mostly on the ocean assisting her mom, Nan, with her research. To this day Ali still helps with the project along with her husband Cameron and their young daughter. Ali is an avid freediver and ocean lover.

Gracie Newman-Holt

Research Assistant

My name is Gracie. I am from Wellington, New Zealand. I live in Rarotonga now. I am 13 years old. I have loved all living things my whole life. I was called the “Bug Queen” at Playcentre. My family and I are all vegetarian. I really love dolphins because they are playful and intelligent, and I think we have a lot to learn from them. My favourite colour is purple and my favourite saying is: “I didn’t get my strength from lifting weights; I got my strength from lifting myself up when I got knocked down.”

Marisa Newman

Head Research Assistant

 

Marisa is the Cooks Island Country Manager at Air New Zealand.

Experienced Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. Skilled in Operations, Management, Flight Safety, Airlines, Airports, and Commercial Aviation. Strong support professional graduated from Gisborne Girls High school and life!

Dave Holt

Research Assistant

Frances Little

Scientific Collaborator

Residing in Auckland, New Zealand, Frances is the International Director at Auckland University of Technology, where she also completed a Bachelor of Education. She accomplished a Graduate Diploma of Education Management at UNITEC, followed by the completion of the Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Frances has devoted her time to education as a teacher, principal, and administrator for many years in New Zealand, and the Cook Islands. She has assisted Nan Hauser with whale necropsies on Mangaia, an island in the Cook Islands group, and continues to work with Nan. They are currently working to establish study abroad opportunities in Rarotonga for university students from the US, Europe, and Asia.

Katie Hall

Head Research Assistant

 

Katie graduated from Sewanee: University of the South in 2019 with a BA in Environmental Arts and Humanities. As an undergraduate, she produced a capstone project about plastic waste in the ocean. She also spent a semester sailing through the South Pacific with Sea Education Association, where she saw whales in the wild for the first time!

Katie spent two summers working as a whale research assistant in British Columbia, conducting land-based visual and acoustic surveys of humpback, fin, and killer whales. Most recently, she worked as a crew member aboard a Schooner back home in Virginia. She is excited to be back in the South Pacific with CIWR!

Marshall Humphreys

Research Assistant

Flora Hull

 

 

Flora, currently the Licensed Branch Manager for Key Bank in Brunswick, earned her Bachelor degree in Social Science from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. While a student, she worked with the UNHCR office. After graduating she worked for the Kenyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs, helping with the Somalia Peace Process from 2002-2006. She later worked as a Communications Consultant in Columbo, Sri Lanka. After coming to the United States, she worked in financial advising with Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Key Bank. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven. She has 3 children, the oldest is at USM.

Jody Hartman

Jody Hartman

Research Assistant

Nan Hauser’s son, Jody, specializes in media creation with a focus in videography and graphic design. An adventurous childhood in pursuit of whales, extensive travel, and thrilling nature encounters led him down the path of creatively capturing and sharing his life experiences.

After many years in Boston working in the travel industry, and as a graphic designer/marketing coordinator for the New England Patriots, Jody has returned to his home state of Maine. He currently works in marketing and remains an integral part of our whale research team.

Something different: His dog, Stella, is more famous than her owner will ever be. Check out this video with almost 8 million hits.

Mandy Cyr

 

 

Born March 8th, 1983 in Biddeford, Maine, Mandy is the second of four girls, and as the second child she was born to live life at it's fullest with a hunger for travel and adventure. After attending college for a brief period, she felt it was not for her and instead chose to explore the world. Mandy has lived in Greece, California, Florida among other places, meeting many new and exciting people along the way. With no formal art education, she is a self made artist, picturing things in her mind and putting them onto paper, walls or canvas. Aside from being an artist Mandy is currently studying at Maine Medical center to be a CNA. She also does Personal assistant work and organizing for The Whale Research Project.

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Meeko

 

Jack

 

Kali

 

Stella

 

Georgie

Amy Koekemoer

Research Assistant

Shannon and Mark Harris

Research Assistants

Abigail Robinson

Abigail Robinson

Research Assistant and Drone Operator

Abigail is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science and majoring in Biodiversity Management at Unitec, Auckland. She has a certificate of Animal Management and was an animal specialist at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she was in charge of 40 animals of 15 different species. Abigail’s hardworking and self-disciplined personality has led her to do amazing work, such as being part of a production line testing crystals in Auckland New Zealand, and working at a construction site as an engineer’s project assistant. In 2014, Abigail became a research assistant on the Cook Islands, working for Nan Hauser studying humpbacks during the winter mating season (July through October). Abigail was in charge of operating the drone, verbally recording observations, collecting and labelling DNA, driving the boat, filming, and photographing whales both above and below the water, as she is a certified open-water scuba diver.

Natalie Barefoot

Natalie Barefoot

Research Assistant and Cetacean Law Expert

Natalie Barefoot is the Executive Director of Cet Law, a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership globally with non-profits, businesses, and governments to translate sound science and best practices into practical legal solutions that protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. Natalie has worked with us since 2014, both on the boat as a research assistant and on land providing technical, legal, and project management support. Prior to Cet Law, Natalie worked as an attorney for the United Nations Environment Programme and Hogan Lovells, LLP. She has also worked in international development at Pact, Inc. in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Washington, DC. She is a PADI dive master, a AIDA2 Freediver, a witty conversationalist, and a lover of everything ocean.

Laura Wells

Laura Wells

Team Member

Laura is an environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top plus size models. Holding degrees in both Biology and Law, qualifications in Environmental management systems and currently studying a Diploma of Paramedical Science; Laura’s passion for the environment, love for the ocean and interest in facilitating climate change action has led her to become a positive role model, advocate and ambassador for change.

Jesse McNeilly

Jesse McNeilly

Team Member

Fire and Safety Advisor
Fire Protection Association of Australia Corporate Bronze Member
Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme
Advanced Diploma of Management
Diploma of Health and Safety

John Martin

Twenty-one years of award-winning video production, creative experience, editorial direction, passion about our planet and its plant and animal species, absolute attention to detail, up-to-date technical knowledge and understanding of video industry, brand identity, fluency in five languages, and travel to over fifty countries to deliver compelling and behaviour-changing digital media – with a strong emphasis on biodiversity conservation and human well-being.

Willow Rines

Willow Rines

Willow Rines is a playwright, musician, and student at Southern Maine Community College. She worked with Nan Hauser on various projects in 2019, including doing work on the website you’re on right now. Working with Nan has given her an appreciation for the intelligence and empathy that she didn’t previously know whales could have. Willow hopes someday to see a whale in real life herself, or alternatively, to see an orangutan baby, because they are objectively the cutest animal.

Michael Poole

Collaborating Scientist

Dr. Michael Poole is the Founder and Director of the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Island Research Center and Environmental Observatory (CRIOBE, a biological research station of the University of Perpignan, France) in Moorea, French Polynesia. He is a charter member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and a member of the American Society of Mammalogists.

Since 1987, most of Michael’s research has been focused on spinner dolphins native to French Polynesia, but he has studied humpback whales, rough-toothed dolphins, and several other species on 8 different islands.

Michael has provided reports on his research to the United Nations Cetacean Specialist Group of South Pacific Regional Environmental Program. Dr. Poole’s most profound success came about in May 2002, when after 10 years, French Polynesia’s government accepted his long-standing proposition and drafted legislation to create a whale and dolphin sanctuary within all of the territory’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which is an area half the size of the USA.

South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

Scott Baker

Scott Baker

SPWRC

Scott Baker is a Professor and Associate Director at the College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, which he acquired at the New College of the University of South Florida in 1977, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii in 1985. In the past, he has taught and done research at the Smithsonian Institute, the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the United States National Cancer Institute, Victoria University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Auckland. In 2001, he was awarded a National Science and Technology Medal in recognition of his work on conservation genetics. Scott’s research and teachings are related to molecular and demographic forces that influence the diversity and allocation of natural populations, as well as particularly endangered or valuable species. Scott is a member of the American Genetic Association, the Society for Marine Mammal Science, and the Cetacean Specialist Group, IUCN. He is an editor for the Journal of Heredity, which is the official journal of the Genetics Society. Scott was also the New Zealand delegate to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling commission.

Phillip Clapham

SPWRC Exec. Committee

Cornish by birth, Phillip Clapham accompanied a girlfriend to the US in 1980, stumbled into whale biology, and is presently acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on large whales. Having more than a quarter-century of experience with cetaceans, Phil also holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He has worked at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole and directed a long-term study of individual humpback whales at the center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts. He now directs research at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington, where he has advised many governments on whale research and conservation. Currently he directs a program of large whale research and advises the US National Marine Fisheries Service on science and conservation, both locally and internationally. He is an advisor to many Masters and PhD students, including Nan Hauser. He edits for three scientific journals: Marine Mammal Science, Mammal Review, and the Royal Society’s Biology Letters. He is a member of the US Delegation to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee. Phil has published four books and one hundred peer-reviewed papers about whales and other cetaceans.

Rochelle Constantine

Rochelle Constantine

SPWRC Consortium Office

Rochelle’s interests are in applied behavioral ecology; in particular, the effects of tourism on dolphin behavior and conservation of large whale populations. Her research has been primarily concentrated on the population size, home range, habitat use, and effects of swim-with and dolphin-watching tourism on bottlenose dolphin population using the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. This study was initiated in late 1993. She is now focusing her research on testing hypotheses about social group structure and its role in spatio-temporal changes in habitat use in the Bay of Islands and Hauraki Gulf. Rochelle will be continuing a long-term study on the impacts of tourism on bottlenose dolphin behavior by examining the effectiveness of permit changes to the dolphins’ responses to swimmers and boats. Since 1995, she has been studying the humpback whales throughout the South Pacific (in particular Tonga and New Zealand) in collaboration with Professor Scott Baker and the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium. More recently, her interests and studies have expanded to include research on Bryde’s whales in the Auckland and Northland regions, part of a long-term project based at the University of Auckland since 1995. They are using GIS (ArcView) and photo-identification to determine the ranging patterns of these non-migratory whales, as well as collecting skin samples to determine the molecular ecology of this whale population that ranges around northern New Zealand. Most of this research relies on collaborations with a number of scientists (both in New Zealand and overseas), government agencies, tour operators, and non-government organisations.

David Paton

David Paton

SPWRC

David is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University and is attached to the Southern Cross Center for Whale Research. Before establishing the Center, David worked for more than 20 years for many different nature conservation agencies, including Queensland Marine Parks on the Great Barrier Reef, and New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, where he was the Senior Manager. David has been conducting research on whales and dolphins since the 1980s, and his research has taken him to Australia and a range of countries in the South Pacific, including Tonga and Samoa. His research has also taken him to Hawaii, America, Canada, and Antarctica. David is currently coordinating several projects, including monitoring the recovery of the eastern Australian humpback whale population at Cape Byron. In 2001, David coordinated the very first whale and dolphin study of its kind to be undertaken in Samoa, with extensive involvement from local government agencies and non-government organisations.

Michael Noad

Michael Noad

Acoustician, SPWRC

Michael is one of several PIs on the Humpback Whale Acoustic Research Collaboration, or HARC, a large international collaboration looking at the perception and use of sound by humpback whales off the east coast of Australia. He is also interested in other aspects of the ecology of the east Australian population of humpback whales, cultural evolution and transmission of song patterns within and among populations of humpback whales, the development of acoustic survey techniques for cetaceans, the potential pathological effects of underwater noise on marine mammals, acoustic communication and behaviour in other taxa (particularly birds), and in the ecology of the leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum).

Claire Garrigue

Claire Garrigue

SPWRC

Claire is an honorary research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences in Auckland University, Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution, where she studies the genetic structure of the humpback whales in New Caledonia. Claire has lived in the South Pacific since 1983 and has been a marine biologist at Institut pour la Recherche et le Développement (IRD) since 1989. She has been involved in programs in which she studied the benthic ecosystem of coral areas in Noumea. Claire is the founder and scientific advisor of Opération Cétacés, an NGO created in 1994, and created a research program on marine mammals in New Caledonia. Every year she manages a three-month field program that consists of four or five field assistants. Claire has represented New Caldonia at the IWC in 2000 and at the SPREP meeting in Apia in 2001. She has also done marine mammal research in Hawaii in 1996, and Canada in 1993. Because Claire is so passionate and dedicated, she creates projects to educate children and whale watchers about the conservation of marine mammals, and has written a book on the humpback whales in New Caledonia.

Michael Donoghue

Michael Donoghue

SPWRC Exec. Committee

Mike is a senior International Relations Officer with the New Zealand Department of Conservation, and a board member of the Marine Conservation Action Fund. He has an MSc in Oceanography from Southampton University and is the Scientific Advisor to New Zealand’s Commissioner of the International Whaling Commission. Before joining DOC, Mike was a self-employed longline fisherman for eight years in the Hauraki Gulf by Auckland. He has published many articles on the interactions between marine mammals and fisheries in New Zealand, and has provided policy advice on conservation and protection of endemic New Zealand marine mammals to the Ministers of Conservation since 1987. He was mainly responsible for establishing the Conservation Services Levies programme in New Zealand, through which fisherman pay the costs of research and projects to avoid and reduce the negative impacts of commercial fishing on protected marine species. As well as leading a humpback whale research program in Tonga, Mike coordinates the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium activities, which brings together biologists studying whales in eastern Australia, New Caledonia, Tonga, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Chile, and Columbia. He has also assisted the governments of the Cook Islands and Samoa with drafting the legislation that establishes whale sanctuaries in their waters, and attended the 2001 Regional Forum to develop a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary.

Michael Poole

Michael Poole

SPWRC Exec. Committee

Dr. Michael Poole is the Director of the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Island Research Center and Environmental Observatory (CRIOBE, a biological research station of the University of Perpignan, France) in Moorea, French Polynesia. He is a charter member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and a member of the American Society of Mammalogists.

Since 1987, most of Michael’s research has been focused on spinner dolphins native to French Polynesia, but he has studied humpback whales, rough-toothed dolphins, and several other species on 8 different islands.

Michael has provided reports on his research to the Unites Nations Cetacean Specialist Group of South Pacific Regional Environmental Program. Dr. Poole’s most profound success came about in May 2002, when after 10 years, French Polynesia’s government accepted his long-standing proposition and drafted legislation to create a whale and dolphin sanctuary within all of the territory’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which is an area half the size of the USA.

Ellen Garland

Ellen Garland

Ellen Garland is a Royal Society University Fellow in the School of Biology, University of St. Andrews. Her board research interests include animal culture, social learning, bioacoustics, and behavioural ecology. Her main research focuses on cetaceans, in particular the cultural transmission, vocal learning, and function of humpback whale song. She is also interested in vocal sequence analysis techniques and using similarity in vocal displays to define population structures for conservation management.

Debbie Steele Dietrich

Board of Directors

Stan Wolfgramm

Stan Wolfgramm

Vice President

We are indigenous people of the Pacific whose lives are impacted socially, culturally, and economically by the Pacific Ocean every day. Our drive is to provide solutions that stem from a traditional grassroots understanding of our oceans, and then real actions that impact and deliver results that make a positive change from now and into the future. As people of the Pacific, we will support initiatives that deliver on these objectives any way we can.

Stan is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and the Pacific Community.

Stan is the founder, director and executive producer of Drum Productions, which specializes in bringing mainstream and Pacific stories to New Zealand and international audiences through film, television, and theatrical events.

For 17 years, Mr. Wolfgramm produced and directed the Style Pasifika NZ Fashion Awards, from its humble community beginnings to its current status as the world’s largest indigenous fashion event. It culminated as one of only four national events selected to showcase New Zealand during the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals week. The event has launched many careers for Pacific people in production, fashion, music, theatre, dance, and television.

He created and led 6 seasons and 205 episodes of the mainstream television show “Pacific Beat Street” from 2004 to 2010. This was New Zealand’s first Pacific youth series targeting 15 to 25 year-olds, exploring and presenting the Pacific perspective on the latest styles of fashion, music, sports, and technology.

He also was Producer and Artistic Director for the opening of the Inaugural Pacific Galleries at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the opening event of the 12,000-seat Vector Arena, and the openings of the 34th and 42nd Pacific Islands Leaders Forums hosted by New Zealand.

He was instrumental in staging Film Raro, a challenge for filmmakers around the world to capacity build indigenous digital storytelling and promote the Cook Islands globally. This venture culminated in seven short films made by teams from six nations, crewed by locals. These films are now showing in film festivals around the world.

Mr. Wolfgramm was also tasked by Auckland City to restructure and produce the annual Pasifika Festival the world’s largest Pacific festival. Stan is the CEO and creator of Te Ara Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise. Nan Hauser is a Trustee of the Te Ara Charitable Trust.

Stan’s love of the ocean began many years ago, working as a qualified CMAS scuba instructor and introducing many to the wonders of the ocean.

Michael Donoghue

Michael Donoghue

SPWRC Exec. Committee

Mike is a senior International Relations Officer with the New Zealand Department of Conservation, and a board member of the Marine Conservation Action Fund. He has an MSc in Oceanography from Southampton University and is the Scientific Advisor to New Zealand’s Commissioner of the International Whaling Commission. Before joining DOC, Mike was a self-employed longline fisherman for eight years in the Hauraki Gulf by Auckland. He has published many articles on the interactions between marine mammals and fisheries in New Zealand, and has provided policy advice on conservation and protection of endemic New Zealand marine mammals to the Ministers of Conservation since 1987. He was mainly responsible for establishing the Conservation Services Levies programme in New Zealand, through which fisherman pay the costs of research and projects to avoid and reduce the negative impacts of commercial fishing on protected marine species. As well as leading a humpback whale research program in Tonga, Mike coordinates the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium activities, which brings together biologists studying whales in eastern Australia, New Caledonia, Tonga, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Chile, and Columbia. He has also assisted the governments of the Cook Islands and Samoa with drafting the legislation that establishes whale sanctuaries in their waters, and attended the 2001 Regional Forum to develop a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary.

Weld Butler

Weld Butler

Board Member

Weld Butler serves as Principal and Senior Advisor at Harbor Advisory in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Weld has over 20 years of experience providing families with investment services, estate planning expertise, and counsel on wealth-related financial decisions. After graduating from Colby College with a BA in economics, Weld made an early lifestyle choice and moved out west to follow his passion for skiing. To support his lifestyle, he spent a number of years selling real estate near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1984, Weld decided to return to New England to work at his father’s investment firm. Weld’s father, Robert G. Butler, founded Harbor Advisory, an independent wealth management firm in 1972. At his father’s request, Weld first attended the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Weld is an avid outdoorsman and mountain climber. He has climbed Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador, as well as a number of other Andean Peaks. In good weather, Weld has been known to kayak to work. He currently resides with his wife, Sarah, and two sons in Eliot, Maine.

Christine Greene

Christine Greene

Board Member

Tap Pryor

Tap Pryor

Board Member

Tap graduated from Cornell University in 1954, and then joined the US Marine Corps as a naval aviator, serving in Parris Island, Quantico, Pensacola, and MCAS Kanehoe, Hawaii. He attended graduate school in 1957 and studied marine biology at the University of Hawaii during the founding of the Ocean Institute Sea Life Park and the Makai undersea test range (now Makai Ocean Engineering). Tap was elected Senator of Hawaii in 1965 and served as chairman on the Committee for Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation.

At age 35, President Johnson named Tap one of 11 commissioners to the President’s Commission of Marine Science, Marine Engineering, and Marine Conservation. In 1968, Tap and Gosta Fahlman developed Aegir, an undersea habitat that fit 6 people. In the same year, they developed the first Plexiglas Submersible, which was tested off Makapuu Port along with Aegir. Pryor and Fahlman also invented Star II, a diver-operated pontoon platform for launching and recovering submersibles, enabling them to operate in all weather. Star II logged more undersea work than any submersible in the world. In 1968, Tap was named Salesman of the Year by Hawaii in recognition of his promotion of the state, and a place for Marine Science and Engineering Development. He created and operated the System Culture Seafood Plantation at Kahuku on Oahu, principally the production of feeding oysters. His product, the Hawaiian oyster, was named the Outstanding New Product introduced to Europe in 1981 by the Cologne Food Fair. Soon after, he joined the Aquanatics Corp, then an NYSE-listed company as VP of research. In 1989 he moved to the Cook Islands and joined the Office of the Prime Minister as Director of the Special Projects Division, and later was the Media Director and Deputy Chief of Staff.

Felicity and Darren Robinson

Board Members

Ann and Bob Hutchins

Ann and Bob Hutchins

Board Members

“Living in Coastal Maine surrounded by natural beauty provides a creative climate full of history and colorful opportunities for the eye of the artist and the camera lens. I have always loved the challenge of presenting my view of the world in a new and unusual way.”

- Anne B. Hutchins

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Laura Wells on a boat

Laura Wells

Board Member

Laura is an environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top plus size models. Holding degrees in both Biology and Law, qualifications in Environmental management systems and currently studying a Diploma of Paramedical Science; Laura’s passion for the environment, love for the ocean and interest in facilitating climate change action has led her to become a positive role model, advocate and ambassador for change.

Jesse McNeilly on the ocean

Jesse McNeilly

Board Member

Fire and Safety Advisor
Fire Protection Association of Australia Corporate Bronze Member
Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme
Advanced Diploma of Management
Diploma of Health and Safety

Rawiri Paratene

Board Member

Rawiri Paratene is a New Zealand stage and screen actor, director, and writer. He is known for his acting roles in Whale Rider and The Insatiable Moon.

Helen and Bill Nicita

Board Members

David and Sarni Baker

Board Members

Kay and Rick Beveridge

Board Members

Flora Hull

Flora, currently the Licensed Branch Manager for Key Bank in Brunswick, earned her Bachelor degree in Social Science from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. While a student, she worked with the UNHCR office. After graduating she worked for the Kenyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs, helping with the Somalia Peace Process from 2002-2006. She later worked as a Communications Consultant in Columbo, Sri Lanka. After coming to the United States, she worked in financial advising with Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Key Bank. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven. She has 3 children, the oldest is at USM.

Collaborating Scientists

We are able to achieve so much more when we collaborate with other scientists and work together towards the same goal. CCRC is honored to get to work alongside these and other amazing scientists. Read about some of our collaborating scientists below!

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What We Do

CCRC raises public awareness of marine conservation issues, especially those concerning cetaceans, through the following four activities:

I. For the past two decades, CCRC educators have informed, involved, and inspired people about whales, dolphins, and the marine ecosystems they inhabit. Interactive educational presentations are tailored to groups of various ages and experiences. Outreach programs reach a wide range of community groups. Curriculum enrichment programs educate and involve students ranging from kindergarten to graduate school. Programs combine slides, acoustics, videos, and hands-on experience. Outreach programs are offered throughout New England, New Zealand, Australia, across Oceania, and elsewhere as our schedule allow.

II. CCRC offers first-hand experience in cetacean research and conservation through internships and volunteer opportunities. CCRC’s researchers have engaged numerous volunteers and interns over the past 26 years in the day-to-day operation of dolphin outreach and research projects around the world, a reciprocally beneficial arrangement that is integral to CCRC’s operation.

III. CCRC publishes its findings in both professional and popular formats through various media. Contributions vary from scientific to anecdotal and appear in publications ranging from peer-reviewed journals to mainstream magazines. CCRC also generates news stories for the internet, television, print, and radio broadcasts. CCRC contributes cetacean content and imagery to several prominent websites, television stations, news broadcasters, and film companies.

IV. CCRC produces educational documentary films for television, conveying marine conservation issues and information to broader audiences with documentary films. Over the past two decades, CCRC has contributed to numerous natural history documentaries which have been broadcast on major networks. CCRC is currently the focus of a television documentary on the intelligence of whales.

Contact us today to find out more about the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and our conservation efforts.