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

I’m a graduate student researcher with the Hines Lab at San Francisco State’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, where I’m working on my M.S. in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Science.

I am also a researcher with the Marine Mammal Center Cetacean Field Research team, where we study harbor porpoises, humpback whales, gray whales, and bottlenose dolphins. I collect much of the data for these projects while I’m working as a naturalist for San Francisco Whale Tours.

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.

Download my C V here.


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.

All photos were taken while following the guidelines for observing marine mammals.