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UW whale experts

Deborah Giles
Killer Whale Researcher, UW Center for Conservation Biology / Resident Scientist, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories
giles7@uw.edu | 916-531-1516 | Web | Twitter: @GilesZissou
Expertise: Marine mammals of the Salish Sea, killer whale health, physiology and diet; Southern Resident orcas; orca population dynamics and reproduction, conservation biology, Salish Sea ecosystem health. Giles, who goes by her last name, is also science and research director at Washington state nonprofit Wild Orca.

Sue Moore
Research Scientist, UW Department of Biology’s Center for Ecosystem Sentinels (formerly at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
moore4@uw.edu | Web
Expertise: 35 years researching the ecology, bio-acoustics and natural history of whales and dolphins, much of it focusing on marine mammals in the Pacific Arctic region.

Kate Stafford
Principal Oceanographer, UW Applied Physics Laboratory / Affiliate Associate Professor, UW School of Oceanography
kate2@uw.edu | 206-685-8617 | Web
Expertise: Arctic Ocean environment and marine mammals, including blue whales, bowhead and beluga whales. Sound-based monitoring of whales. Also in Antarctica, the North Pacific and Chile.

Manuel Castellote
Research Scientist, UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and
NOAA Fisheries’ Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center
manuelcm@uw.edu | 206-526-6866 | Web
Expertise: Whales’ vocal communication, echolocation and hearing; Effects of noise on whales.

Kristin Laidre

Principal Research Scientist, UW Applied Physics Laboratory / Associate Professor, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
klaidre@uw.edu | 206-616-9030 | @KristinLaidre | Web
Expertise: Arctic marine mammals (narwhals, bowhead whales, belugas) as well as baleen whales (humpbacks and fin whales).

Trevor Branch
Associate Professor, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
tbranch@uw.edu | 206-221-0776 | @TrevorABranch | Web
Expertise: Research on large whales — especially blue whales — and also minke and humpback whales, including studies estimating abundance, changes in population size over time, maps of occurrence, status and the separation of subspecies.