Cindy Elliser, PhD, Research Director/Founder
Dr. Cindy R. Elliser received her B.S. (2000) and M.S. (2003) in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from FAU in 2010. For 10 years she worked with Dr. Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. In 2014 Dr. Elliser moved to the Pacific Northwest and founded Pacific Mammal Research to study marine mammals in the Salish Sea, particularly harbor porpoises and harbor seals. She is the author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at international scientific conferences. Dr. Elliser also teaches biology and related courses as an adjunct professor at Skagit Valley College.
Katrina MacIver, MRes, Assistant Research Director
Following completion of her Bachelors of Science degree (with Honors) in Ecology & Conservation, Katrina MacIver went on to achieve a Masters of Research in Marine Mammal Research, both at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She has extensive experience in field research and photo-identification techniques in the United States and abroad including the South Western Marine Research Program in Western Australia. Katrina moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2014 and joined Dr. Elliser in creating Pacific Mammal Research to study marine mammals of the Salish Sea. She has since been a co-author on several scientific papers and presented at international scientific conferences.
Trevor Derie, B.S., Research Assistant
Trevor is a recent graduate from the University of Washington’s Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences and Biology programs. Growing up in Anacortes, he gained a passion for marine science through explorations of the town’s tidepools and eventually focused on issues pertaining to the marine environment, particularly marine mammals. He has remained consistently involved in the marine world, working on a local whale watching vessel, travelling to Australia to study the Great Barrier Reef, and joined Pacific Mammal Research as a Research Intern in January 2020. Now a Research Assistant for PacMam, Trevor plans to continue his education and field research on the marine environment, hoping to study the effects of climate change on marine life and how we can better prepare and protect the oceans for a threatening future.
Ciera Edison, BSc, Research Assistant
Ciera received her Bachelors of Science degree from Oregon State University where she majored in Fisheries and Wildlife with a specialization in marine mammal conservation and ecology. After graduation, she became a Research Intern with PacMam and has continued to stay involved with the organization until she was recently able to return as Research Assistant. Ciera’s lifelong passion for marine mammals continues to drive her to research how humans impact the oceans and how she can better educate the public on this issue.