Biography:

Abigail Machernis is a research biologist based in Hawaii and curates our humpback whale photo-identification catalogs. Her expertise is in using photo-identification monitoring of cetaceans to guide conservation and management actions. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Abigail worked for NOAA Fisheries southeast office where she contributed to preparing the Status Review Report and ESA final rule for the newly described Rice’s whale. She also assisted with research into the impacts of human interactions on bottlenose dolphins in the Florida panhandle. She joined PWF in 2018 to manage our humpback whale photo-identification catalogs and assist with Hawaii field studies.

Memberships and affiliations:

Abigail currently serves as a level 1 member of NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Large Whale Entanglement Response team.