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, Research Assistant
Following completion of her undergraduate 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 also has experience in marine mammal communication and conducting detailed analyses of passive acoustic data. In 2014 Katrina moved to the Pacific Northwest and joined Pacific Mammal Research as research assistant.
Trevor Derie, B.S., PacMam Intern
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 now interning with Pacific Mammal Research since winter of 2020. 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.