A research biologist and co-founder of Cascadia Research, a nonprofit organization formed in 1979 and based in Olympia, Washington, is an advisor to the GWC. He periodically serves as Adjunct Faculty at Evergreen State College, where he teaches a course on marine mammals. Calambokidis’s primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans. As a Senior Research Biologist at Cascadia Research he has served as Project Director for over 100 projects. He has authored two books on marine mammals (one on blue whales and a guide to marine mammals) as well as more than 150 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. Calambokidis has conducted studies on a variety of marine mammals in the North Pacific from Central America to Alaska. His work has been covered by the Discovery Channel and was featured in a National Geographic TV special and magazine article released in March 2009.
Richard Zack Klyver
Zack Klyver is a Maine based marine scientist, naturalist and conservationist. Zack was born in Niarobi, Kenya in 1968 and grew up in Eastport, Maine – the eastern most city in the United States. He is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine with a B.A. in Human Ecology.In college he started working with the whale research group Allied Whale and since has guided whale and seabird watching tours on the Gulf of Maine for 30 seasons. During his tenure working in Maine and for Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company he has led over 3,000 trips with 600,000 people. During ten winter seasons he worked as an endangered right whale and sea turtle observer on dredging ships and planes off the southeast seaboard between North Carolina and Florida.In the winters of 2010 and 2011 he helped coordinate Right Whale surveys with the New England Aquarium in the Gulf of Maine. Zack has worked as a marine mammal lecturer in Antarctica, as a marine mammal observer in Arctic above Alaska, and for the conservation organization the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC. Zack brings vast expertise in whale watching having been on whale watching tours in Hawaii, British Columbia, Washington, California, Baja; Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and throughout the Caribbean. In 2011, he founded the company FLUKES: International Whale Tours that specializes in taking guests on extended marine mammal tours around the world.Since 2003, he has represented the whale watching and ecotourism industry as a member of CHOIR (Coaltion for Atlantic Herring’s Orderly, Informed and Long-term Responsible Management) advocating for the importance of Atlantic Herring and Menhaden in the marine ecosystem as forage. In 2015, he became a member of the New England Fisheries Management Council’s fifteen member stakeholder Advisory Panel to the Atlantic Herring Committee.