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Department: Research

Bárbara Galletti Vernazzani

Bárbara Galletti joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2023 as a Research Associate, although her work in Chile has been financially supported by Pacific Whale Foundation since 2012. Her role is to produce scientific outputs and management actions in Chile in support of the Global Impact Plan. Barbara graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile … Continued

Ticiana Fetterman

Ticiana joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2023. As a research technician based in Australia, Ticiana is responsible for UAS (drone) field operations, data processing, and analysis. She has a MSc degree from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), a Postgraduate diploma in Marine Science from The University of Auckland and a BSc degree from PUCRS in … Continued

Brian Stirling

Brian joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2023. As a research technician based in Hawai’i, Brian is responsible for UAS (drone) field operations, data processing, and analysis. He has a MSc degree in Biology from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and a BSc degree in Biology with Emphasis in Marine Biology from San Diego State … Continued

Luna Barragán

Luna joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2022. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2019, majoring in Biological and Environmental Science from Universidad Central del Ecuador. For her honours thesis research, she studied the humpback whale song in Machalilla National Park under the supervision of Dr. Castro. As Research Assistant in Ecuador, Luna is responsible … Continued

Grace Olson

Grace Olson is a research biologist based in Hawaiʻi and curates our dolphin photo-identification catalogs. Grace has substantial experience working with dolphin photo identification of both marine and freshwater cetaceans and during her studies she initiated identification catalogs for Amazon river dolphins in Brazil and Peru. Grace’s graduate research focused on sound patterns of social … Continued

Florence Sullivan

Florence Sullivan is a research biologist based in Hawaiʻi and curates our North Pacific humpback whale photo-identification catalog. Florence’s graduate work focused on exploring gray whale foraging ecology and behavior patterns relative to prey availability and vessel disturbance on the Oregon Coast. Previously she has worked with the Environmental Science Center in Seattle, teaching marine … Continued

Dr. Barry McGovern

Dr. Barry McGovern joined Pacific Whale Foundation Australia in 2021. Barry completed his PhD research at the University of Queensland, where he studied social sounds produced by bottlenose dolphins in Moreton Bay. He previously worked as the Scottish marine stranding coordinator and on marine mammal monitoring projects in his home country of Ireland, and he … Continued

Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer

Shannon joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2022 as the Research Manager to conduct and manage cetacean research in Hawai’i and became Senior Research Manager in 2024, supervising the Hawai‘i research team as well as the International Program leads. She holds a PhD in wildlife conservation and completed a postdoctoral position studying emperor penguins in Antarctica. … Continued

Dr. Cristina Castro

Dr. Cristina Castro is an Ecuadorian researcher and principal investigator for our research studies in Ecuador. Dr. Castro has been leading PWF’s field studies on humpback whales in Machalilla National Park since 2001. Our Ecuador research started as a continuation of the population monitoring project that Dr. Castro implemented for her dissertation research and has … Continued

Stephanie Stack

Stephanie Stack is the principal investigator for our Australia research studies and directs our international research activities. Her research focuses on quantifying the impact of human activities on cetacean health and behavior and working with stakeholders to develop appropriate mitigation strategies. She has studied various aspects of marine mammal biology, ecology and conservation in Canada, … Continued