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Hi, I'm Allison! My research interest is in animal cognition and behavior with a focus on cetaceans. 

I am a researcher with the Marine Mammal Center’s Cetacean Field Research team, where we study harbor porpoises, humpback whales, gray whales, and bottlenose dolphins.

I’m also a naturalist at San Francisco Whale Tours, where we collect a lot of the data we use for our projects at the Marine Mammal Center.

In the fall of 2019 I will begin a MS in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences at San Francisco State’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center.

I received my undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley and have worked in labs around the world studying everything from squirrels to humpbacks.


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

All photos are taken by and belong to me.