The Making of a Marine Naturalist: Meet Erin Hord
Our Marine Naturalists at Pacific Whale Foundation are so much more than boat crew. Each member of our marine education team has a unique background and brings a variety of knowledge and experiences. We love highlighting the uniqueness that each of our Naturalists brings to the boat, and diving deeper into their passion for the ocean. We’ll be highlighting a new crew member each month. As our whalewatching season continues in full swing here in Hervey Bay, we’re thrilled to introduce Erin Hord.
Hi Erin! Whereabouts are you from?
I was born in Miami, Florida, but I have lived the majority of my life thus far in Madison, Ohio.
What is your first memory of the ocean?
I think my first vivid memory of the ocean was when I was 8 years old and the ocean was flooding the street outside my family’s apartment building because of a tropical storm. That obviously didn’t deter me from ending up in a Marine Biology career though!
What drew you to work for Pacific Whale Foundation?
What experiences and education prepared you for your journey to becoming a Marine Naturalist?
I went to a small liberal arts college where the opportunities to get involved in my future career were endless. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Marine Science, and I was able to study at the Duke University Marine Lab and have immersive marine science courses in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. I think the experience that helped most with my journey to becoming a Marine Naturalist was my summer internship with the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, based in New Hampshire. I was an education and research intern aboard whale watch vessels, which really helped ignite my passion for marine mammal conservation.
What is one thing you want to tell the entire world about conservation?
What is your favorite humpback whale behaviour to see and interpret for guests on board a whalewatch?
Why do you feel that whalewatching is an amazing way to connect people with the marine environment?
How do you stay motivated while working in the field of marine biology and conservation?
And lastly…what is your oceanic spirit animal?
Isn’t Erin incredible? Come and meet her in person this season in Hervey Bay, with whalewatches departing every day until October 31st. We’ll be back on the blog in a few weeks with another crew member’s story. Interested in learning more about how you can get involved with Pacific Whale Foundation Australia? Check us out here.