Our Research Team

Nan Hauser

Nan Hauser

CCRC President & Director

CIWR Director & Principal Investigator

SPWRC Exec. Committee

Nan Hauser is the President & Director of the Center for Cetacean Research & Conservation and the Director & Principal Investigator of Cook Islands Whale Research. She resides in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where she researches the population identity, population abundance, acoustics, genetics, stable isotopes, behaviour, migration and navigation of cetaceans. She satellite-tags whales to gather information on their migration over long distances. Nan is an Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology and 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 many other non-profit organisations and Research Institutes. As a registered nurse, Nan practices and teaches medicine on Rarotonga and the outer islands, where she also visits the local schools and teaches the students about “Whales and the Importance of Protecting the Ocean”. She holds a US Coastguard 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 Research & Education Center in Rarotonga. In the US, she has served on many Boards, 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, BBC, Terra Mater, ARTE, and Smithsonian films. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Wildlife Conservation Films, along with Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue and Khalid bin Sultan of Living Oceans, in November of 2014.

Research Team

South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

Board of Directors

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!



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.