John Calambokidis is a Senior Research Biologist and co-founder (in 1979) of Cascadia Research, a non-profit organization. Since 1986, Cascadia researchers have conducted a long-term study of the humpback and blue whales along the California coast, and since the 1990’s the study has expanded to include whales off Mexico and Central America. Besides blue whales, his research has evaluated contaminant impacts on marine mammals and examined the biology of humpback and gray whale. He has been principal investigator of the Costa Rica humpback whale research program since 1996

Nataly Castelblanco-MartinezNataly is our field research coordinator and a Colombian conservation biologist with extensive experience with aquatic mammals in South America and the Caribbean. She holds a master in freshwater biology and fisheries and a Ph.D. in ecology and sustainable development, and is regional co-chair of the IUCN Sirenian Specialist Group. Nataly’s work has focused on the ecology, behavior, population dynamics, morphology and ethno-knowledge of aquatic mammals.

Nicole Crane is a senior conservation scientist with Oceanic Society and a faculty member in the Biology Department at Cabrillo College, Aptos California. She received a Master's degree in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a Master's in Science Education Research from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has conducted reef monitoring programs and research on fish population dynamics in both tropical and temperate seas including Honduras, Belize, the Indian Ocean, and the South Pacific. She also has experience working with communities and agencies in developing and implementing management plans for marine protected areas. She is former Department Chair of the Marine Science and Technology Program at Monterey Peninsula College, and former Director and founder of the National Science Foundation Marine Advanced Technology Education Center. She has worked as a marine biologist and naturalist for the Oceanic Society since 1994, and is co-principal investigator for the Belize coral reef health project, and lead investigator for the community-based Ulithi Reef Project.

Katherine Cure holds an M.S. in tropical marine ecology and fisheries biology from James Cook University in Australia. Her specialty is tropical reef fish, their ecology, population dynamics and fisheries.  She worked as an assistant in reef monitoring surveys of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Knowledgeable in coral reef species in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indo-Pacific, familiar with worldwide conservation issues and experienced in living at remote locations, Katherine brings a wealth of experience to every expedition. She currentyly serves as our marine biologist at the Society's research station in Belize, and as a naturalist on our iinternational expeditions.

Annie Douglas earned her B.A. degree in science at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and  has been working with Cascadia Research Collective as a cetacean researcher since 1997.  She has conducted photo identification studies on blue and humpback whales as well as beaked whales and various dolphin species along north, central and South America.  She has conducted marine mammal  research in Costa Rica since 2008.    

Dr. Nicole Duplaix is an Ecampus instructor at Oregon State University in global resource ecology. and is Vice-chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature - Otter Specialist Group.

Virginia Fuhs M.S., Western Illinois University also holds an M.A. in Science Education. Her thesis projects addressed spinner dolphin spacial relations.   She previously conducted dolphin research for Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. She also served as as a sea turtle research assistant  for the  IUCN, Suriname. 

She works as a  seasonal field research biologist for the Oceanic Society in Belize and Suriname.

Daisy Kaplan, M.S.Daisy Kaplan, M.S. University of Massachusetts and doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. The Bahamas dolphin project served as part of her M.S. thesis project. Her doctoral thesis is on bottlenose dolphin acoustics, based at the White Sand Ridge field site in the Bahamas. She has spent of number of years working as a biologist at the University of Hawaii's Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory studying dolphins. 

Michelle J. Paddack, Ph.D. is a senior conservation scientist with Oceanic Society and has been investigating coral reef fish ecology in the Caribbean since 1999.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, conducting her dissertation research on the ecological interplay between herbivorous fishes and the changing coral reef environment.  

She earned her Master's degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz by conducting one the first studies evaluating the effect of marine reserves for kelp forest fishes; a project that benefited from the assistance of Oceanic Society participants on Monterey Bay expeditions that she co-led with Nicole Crane. Prior to this, she worked for California Department of Fish and Game, where she was strongly involved in the science and policy of implementing marine protected areas along the California coast. She currently teaches biology at Santa Barbara City College. She is co-principal investigator for the Belize coral reef health project and the Ulithi reef conservation project.

Katheryn Patterson is an MS candidate in the department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. The Turneffe dolphin project will serve as the basis for her thesis. Katheryn has worked for the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation conducting humpback whale and fin whale research, and completed an internship at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  This will be her second year  at the Blackbird Oceanic Field Station.

Steve Platt  Ph.D.,  is Principal Investigator for the Crocodile Research Project.  Steve has studied crocodiles in Belize since 1992 and the work served as part of his doctoral dissertation for Clemson University in South Carolina.  He is Assistant Professor of  Biology at Sul Ross State University in Texas.   His work has resulted in several reports and publications on Belize crocodiles.

Thomas Rainwater, Ph.D., whose dissertation was on Belize Morelet's crocodiles, is Principal Investigator for the Crocodile Research Project. Along with his co-investigator Dr. Steve Platt, he has studied crocodiles in Belize since 1992 and has published over 25 technical papers on crocodiles of Belize and Indonesia. He co-authored the technical paper that resulted from the 2003 Turneffe Atoll crocodile research effort sponsored by Oceanic Society.

Eric RamosEric is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City in the area of animal behavior and comparative psychology training. He has been working as a field researcher and trip leader with Oceanic Society since 2011, leading boat-based research trips with volunteers and students to gather data on the population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at Turneffe Atoll.

Bryan Wallace is Chief Scientist for the Oceanic Society. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Duke University Marine Laboratory. He is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of SWOT (The State of the World‚s Sea Turtles), and Regional Co-Vice Chair for the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group. His research focuses on applying insights from animal ecophysiology to pertinent conservation issues, and has included topics such as trophic ecology, biogeography, fisheries bycatch, and conservation priority-setting. He has co-authored many peer-reviewed papers and blogs, and recently co-edited a book Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific: Advances in Research and Conservation