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Hi, I'm Allison! My research interests are in marine mammal cognition, especially toothed whales. I am a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Cognitive Science program and have worked in labs around the world studying whales. I currently work as a naturalist for San Francisco Whale Tours. I collect data from my own photos and from passengers to contribute to the work at Golden Gate Cetacean Research. I also help teach marine science family classes at the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary. I believe ocean conservation is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet and I use my platforms to promote ocean stewardship.


Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.
— Sylvia Earle, marine biologist

Home page photo by Bill Keener, Golden Gate Cetacean Research.

All other photos by me.