Meet the Research Team

Pacific Whale Foundation

Greg Kaufman, Chief Scientist, Executive Director and Founder

A pioneer in non-invasive humpback whale research off Maui in the mid-1970s, Greg founded Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in 1980, and committed his organization to educating the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and their ocean habitat. Greg oversees the longest running humpback whale research program off Australia (started in 1984) and Ecuador.

As a world leader in addressing whale protection issues, and a pioneer in responsible whale- and dolphin-watching programs throughout the Pacific, Greg is widely acknowledged as an innovator and leader in marine ecotourism. He is an Invited Participant to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee and is a contributor to the subcommittees on Whale-watching, Southern Hemisphere Whales and By-catch, serves on the Hawaiian Island Humpback National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee, is a contributing member to the Southern Oceans Research Partnership, recently co-led the United Nations Environmental Program's Regional Workshop on Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region, and was the US delegate in a recent international workshop (held in Patagonia) to Develop a Five Year Global Plan for whale-watching.

Greg Kaufman

Stephanie H. Stack, Senior Research Biologist

Stephanie is a biologist from Newfoundland, Canada who is passionate about ocean conservation. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Environmental Science degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research interests are marine mammal behavior and ecology, and conservation of poorly studied species.

Stephanie has previously studied behavior of harp and harbor seals in eastern Canada, traveled to Belize, Central America to study habitat use of Antillean manatee and bottlenose dolphin populations, and worked with South African communities on the sustainable use of ocean resources and the need for marine conservation. She has substantial experience in relating scientific findings to the public using mediums such as magazine articles, blogs, citizen science projects, and public outreach programs. Her expertise lies in processing geographic data from a variety of species for integration into distribution maps, with a goal of understanding the complexities of our marine ecosystems. She joined Pacific Whale Foundation in February 2013 and leads the Australian research programs.

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Jens J. Currie, Senior Research Analyst

Jens is a marine biologist from Nova Scotia, Canada, with a strong passion for analytic problem solving in the fields of physical oceanography, biology, and ecology. He has completed a B.Sc. Honors and M.Sc. in Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. His interests lie in linking physical observations to observed biological changes and relating this, if appropriate, to anthropogenic factors.

Previously he has worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a physical scientist completing ecosystem based modeling and as a marine biologist researching community dependence on estuarine ecosystem goods and services in developing regions of South Africa. He has substantial experience in R programming language and its use for the development of oceanographic and ecological model assimilation techniques with emphasis on development, standardization, and sharing of basic functions and packages. He joined Pacific Whale Foundation in February 2013 and leads the Hawaii research programs.

Jens Currie

 

 

Mikaya Swabb, Web Developer

Mikaya joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2013 and has been the web application architect for Match My Whale. Working closely with Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers, he's helped design and develop a citizen science web application to fit the needs of humpback whale identification research.

He holds Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He also studied "Interface Design for Websites and Web Applications" at the Rhode Island School of Design. His knowledge of web user interface design, information architecture and online marketing have helped shape this crowdsourcing project.

Mikaya Swabb, Senior Web Developer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre for Whale Research

Curt Jenner, Managing Director, Principal Investigator

Curt Jenner received his B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Alberta, Canada. His interests include population biology of humpback whales and blue whales, their migratory pathways, and the relationship of these pathways to oceanographic features. As a Master Mariner, his strong sailing background has been very useful in these pursuits.

Curt Jenner

 

 

Mikaya Swabb, Web Developer

Mikaya joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2013 and has been the web application architect for Match My Whale. Working closely with Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers, he's helped design and develop a citizen science web application to fit the needs of humpback whale identification research.

He holds Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He also studied "Interface Design for Websites and Web Applications" at the Rhode Island School of Design. His knowledge of web user interface design, information architecture and online marketing have helped shape this crowdsourcing project.

Mikaya Swabb, Senior Web Developer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre for Whale Research

Curt Jenner, Managing Director, Principal Investigator

Curt Jenner received his B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Alberta, Canada. His interests include population biology of humpback whales and blue whales, their migratory pathways, and the relationship of these pathways to oceanographic features. As a Master Mariner, his strong sailing background has been very useful in these pursuits.

Curt Jenner

Micheline Jenner, Secretary/Treasurer, Principal Investigator

Micheline-Nicole Jenner received her B.Sc. in Zoology and M.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is fascinated by life histories, reproductive rates and behaviour of known individual humpback whales and ecology of rarely observed offshore cetacean species. As a Master Mariner Micheline delights in being offshore collecting photographic research material.

Micheline Jenner

Inday Ford, Media Manager /Research Associate

Inday obtained her B.Sc. in Marine Science with minor in Animal Biology from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2005. With a shared passion for underwater film and television, Inday spent 6 years living and working on the Ningaloo Reef capturing and documenting a diversity of reef life on both still and moving picture. She is currently working on cetacean photo identification and examining calving intervals for known female humpback whales in the Western Australian population. Inday is also CWR’s media manager.

Inday Ford

Carrie Skorcz , Research Associate

After receiving a B.Sc. in Marine Biology, Carrie completed her Masters of Science. Her thesis was: Understanding variability: The implications of monitoring dugong population trends. Having worked on various cetacean research projects around the world (including orca pod identification in Canada, humpback photo identification in Hawaii and dusky dolphin research in New Zealand), Carrie is now assisting CWR with the analysis of acoustic datasets.

Carrie Skorcz