Financials & Leadership
Greg is the Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation and author of numerous books, scientific papers, and popular publications on cetaceans. A pioneer in noninvasive humpback whale research in the mid-1970s, Greg founded Pacific Whale Foundation in 1980 to educate the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and their ocean habitat.
Greg oversaw the longest running humpback whale research program off Australia (began in 1984), and has studied humpbacks in Hervey Bay since 1987. He was a world leader in addressing whale protection issues, and has pioneered responsible dolphin and whalewatching programmes throughout the Pacific.
Greg was an Invited Participant to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee and was a contributor to the subcommittees on Whalewatching, Southern Hemisphere Whales, and Human Induced Mortality in Marine Mammals. He also co-led the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Regional Workshop on Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region, led the Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale and Dolphin Workshop, and has directed trainings for Whale and Dolphin Watching in Oman. Greg has also served multiple roles on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee.
Acting Executive Director
Kristie is the Deputy Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation and manages day-to-day operations. She has been a lifelong advocate for animals and is passionately committed to protecting marine mammals and their environment. Kristie obtained her B.A. in Law and Justice from Central Washington University and her J.D. Cum Laude from Seattle University, where she studied animal law. She is licensed to practice law in Washington State and the State of Hawaii.
Eric Brown, PhD, MS
Eric is a Marine Ecologist for Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Moloka’i. He is a former Marine Research Contractor for Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) and other agencies, Habitat Research Specialist for the State of Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Marine Science Advisor for Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), and Graduate Research Assistant and Database Manager on the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB).
Eric has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii – Honolulu, where he studied spatial and temporal differences in reef coral populations. He also holds a Master’s in Biology from Texas A&M and Bachelor’s in Marine Biology from Occidental College. He has served as an advisory board member for the ‘Āhihi-Kīna’u working group, coral survey research assistant, dive supervisor, and water quality principal Investigator. Eric was also a Senior Research Associate and Coral Reef Research Director at Pacific Whale Foundation.
Eric has taught a range of Marine Biology related courses, and he holds numerous Diving Certifications. He is a member of the International Society for Reef Studies, American Geophysical Union, George Wright Society, and Hawaii Conservation Alliance. Eric was named the 2014 National Park Service (Pacific West Region) Research Scientist of the Year.
Kevin Wood, PhD, MS
Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied combinatorial optimization, network and system reliability, computer science, and statistics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Portland.
Kevin is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Operations Research Department, at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he formerly served as Associate Dean of Research. He is the recipient of the AIAA Homeland Security Award, Naval Postgraduate School Research Recognition Award, and Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.
Kevin has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications. He is fluent in Swedish and lives in Monterey, CA.