PacMam’s Research Makes The Front Page!

09/15/2017: Reporters from the Skagit Valley Herald joined PacMam’s researchers in the field on Wednesday to find out more about our work here in Anacortes.  The article gives a great overview of our research to-date on harbor porpoises in the area and spotlights our newest “toy”, a hydrophone, which will be used to monitor background noise levels during visual observations.

Check out the article in full (and accompanying photos) here: 

New Article: STEM Camp 2017

08/23/2017: PacMam is back in the headlines!  We had the pleasure of participating in the Anacortes STEM Foundation’s “Summer STEM Camp” this year at the Anacortes Middle School and received a great write-up in the Anacortes American.  The Camp enabled 6th-8th grade students to choose two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to participate in for 5 days during which they engaged in hands-on activities, outdoor experiences and class-based learning.  PacMam’s researchers led an “Intro to Marine Biology” class, teaching students about the entire marine environment and incorporating activities such as tidepooling, plankton building and marine mammal observations.

Read the article about our workshop in full here: , and make sure to contact us if you are interested in working with us doing workshops, presentations or hands-on learning!

Learning and Lunches

07/21/2017: Pacific Mammal Research has been out and about in the education community again, this time participating in the Anacortes Learning and Lunches program.  The program offers lessons and presentations to children and their parents on problem solving skills, desirable behavior, as well as other interesting topics such as mammal research.

Dr. Elliser pre-K talk

Dr. Elliser describes how baleen whales feed during a Learning and Lunches session.

Our Research Director Dr. Cindy Elliser has presented during two Learning and Lunches sessions, and is scheduled to present at another on August 8th 2017, engaging children in marine mammals and the importance of understanding them.

Read more about the program, how to get involved and PacMam’s participation in the following article: 

PacMam’s Photos Highlighted On NOAA Website

12/30/2016: Pacific Mammal Research was delighted to be asked to provide photographs of harbor porpoises to illustrate a recent story on the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) website.  The story highlights a study published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology documenting the re-population of the Puget Sound by harbor porpoises.  Harbor porpoises were virtually gone from the area in the 1970’s and remained absent during the 1980’s and 90’s, however a recent resurgence in their numbers indicates a recovery of the population.  This study will provide critical information for NOAA stock assessments of this species, which will assist in the continued management of the area and marine mammals.

To read the full story about this exciting change in harbor porpoise numbers (and to see PacMam’s photos!), head over to NOAA’s website here:

Back in the Headlines: New Skagit Valley Herald Article

5/18/2016: Pacific Mammal Research is back in the headlines!  Check out the latest article in the Skagit Valley Herald highlighting our ongoing work with the Anacortes schools’ life skills classes.  As well as doing active scientific research, PacMam is passionate about fostering and engaging the next generation through educational outreach.  Workshops like these provide a great opportunity to encourage young people to take an active interest in their environment, giving them both knowledge and hands-on experiences that allow them to better understand their natural surroundings.

You can read the full article here:

“Changes in Cross-Species Dolphin Societies”: New Article from our Research Director

2/05/2016: Check out this cool article in the New Scientist on the changes that have occurred in interspecies interactions between Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas following two major hurricanes.  This is some recently published research that was conducted by our Research Director, Dr. Cindy Elliser, while working with Dr. Denise Herzing and the The Wild Dolphin Project.

Skagit Valley Herald Article

10/9/2015: We made the headlines!  Check out the recent article about Pacific Mammal Research in the Skagit Valley Herald, featuring an interview with our Research Director, Dr. Cindy Elliser.  The article delves into our research on harbor porpoise and highlights the importance of understanding these little-known cetaceans, as well as noting the importance of education to pass on this knowledge interest in our environment.

For more details, check out the article here: 

New Article from our Research Director

7/24/2015: Check out this article in the New Scientist on the complex social interspecies interactions between Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas.  This is some recently published research that was conducted by our Research Director, Dr. Cindy Elliser, while working with Dr. Denise Herzing and the The Wild Dolphin Project.