Dr. Judith Weis, Rutgers University, NJ- Scientific Advisor and Research Protocols
Josh McInnes – Science Advisor
Josh is research coordinator at Marine Life Studies in Monterey Bay California. He specializes in toothed cetacean ecology. He is also a marine sciences instructor at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre on the west
coast of Vancouver Island.
David Campbell – Marine Species Expert
David Campbell founded MarineBio.org, Inc. in 1998 and is a graduate of Texas A&M (’93) and a licensed Professional Consulting Environmental Geoscientist. David grew up reading and watching Jacques-Yves Cousteau and National Geographic’s books/films while traveling to more than 21 countries before he was age 14. He has been studying animals and our planet as long as he can remember.
David handles many of the day-to-day operations of MarineBio, working as the Director and Program Manager working with the various editors, writers, developers, photographers and interns/volunteers. David hopes to earn an MS/PhD in Marine Conservation Biology in the near future. David Campbell advises Ocean Sanctuaries on marine species identification.
Dovi Kacev – Scientific Protocol Development
Dovi Kacev grew up traveling between San Diego and South Africa, where animals and the ocean quickly became his passions. Sharks, in particular, have always captivated Dovi. He says he has “been known to bore many people with endless banter about sharks around the world”. He is a doctoral candidate with SDSU/UC Davis and his current research focus involves using molecular techniques to analyze Mako and Thresher shark (Isurus oxyrinchus and Alopias vulpinus) populations in the Southern California Bight. Dovi hopes to incorporate his findings in future fishery management plans to ensure viable, pelagic shark populations. Dovi Kacev recently joined Ocean Sanctuaries as our Scientific Protocol Development lead.
Melissa Marquez – Yukon Marine Life Survey PI (Principle Investigator)
Melissa received her BA (Marine Ecology and Conservation) from New College of Florida and is currently pursuing her MSc through Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her thesis will evaluate the spatial and temporal distribution of Chondrichthyan populations, and how these distributions overlap with the fishing industry. In doing so, this research will consider the ecological role of Chondrichthyans, and the way in which they use different habitats.
Heather Moncrief – Sevengill Shark Identification Project PI (US)
Heather Moncrief is a graduate student at the University of West Florida, working towards a Environmental Biology M.S. Healther’s focus has been fisheries biology during her coursework and through her job as a NOAA Fisheries Observer. Heather Moncrief recently joined Ocean Sanctuaries as our Sevengill Shark Identification Project Principal Investigator (PI) for the US.
Crissy Attardo–PI for Sevengill SharkIdentification Project, South Africa. Crissy studied marine biology at University of California Santa Cruz and lives and works in San Diego.
Gwen Noda – Citizen Science Project Advisor
Gwen Noda has her Masters’ in Biology from UCLA and her specialties include organizing professional development opportunities in ocean sciences for educators; helping scientists communicate their science to the public; helping to network scientists & educators; developing and delivering science outreach education for people of all ages in informal settings (ex. on a boat, in the mountains, at aquariums). Gwen also specializes in field ecology and biology.. (marine & freshwater, invertebrates, invasive species – particularly the New Zealand mud snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum). Gwen Noda joined Ocean Sanctuaries as a Board of Director in 2014 and is our internal Science Advisor for all Citizen Science Projects.
Ed Parnell – Yukon Marine Life Survey Advisor
Ed Parnell is an Associate Researcher at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Ed’s research interest include coastal shelf ecology, interactions of physical and biological processes on coastal shelf ecosystems, anthropogenic disturbance of coastal shelf ecosystems, and Marine Protected Areas. Ed Parenell recently joined Ocean Sanctuaries as our Yukon Marine Life Survey Advisor, continuing the work he began 2000 on the HMCS Yukon including an Ecological Assessment of the HMCS Yukon Artificial Reef off San Diego, CA (USA) published in 2005.
Jason Holmberg – Wildbook Architect
Jason Holmberg joined WildMe.org in 2002 has logged thousands of hours of development time on Wildbook for Whale Sharks. As Wild Me’s Information Architect, he has designed and implemented new tools to support digital pattern recognition for Whale Sharks. These tools allow categorization and management of large amounts of species data. In addition, individual animals can be identified from multiple photos take by different photographers and verified by researchers, over time and locations.
Jason and his team members have devoted numerous hours to Ocean Sanctuaries configuration and customization of Wildbook for the Sevengill Shark Identification Project. Jason’s generous support of Ocean Sanctuaries Citizen Science (CS) projects has allowed us to expand our CS data collection from the sevengill sharks to the Yukon Marine Life Survey project, launching later this year.
Ocean Sanctuaries Volunteers and Assistants (who have our undying gratitude!):
—Herb Gruenhagen/Reef.org Volunteer/Reef Fish ID Instructor (assists periodically with obscure marine species ID)
–And, many thanks also to our South Africa Outreach Coordinator:
Esther Jacobs Overbeeke
Founder of the Keep Fin Alive campaign in South Africa:
Online Science Web Sites with Updates on OS Citizen Science Projects:
My Science Work: https://www.mysciencework.com/
Life Science Network: http://www.lifescience.net/
Informal Science: http://www.informalscience.org/
Open Science Framework: https://osf.io/
Impact Story: https://impactstory.org