Principal Investigators

Kenneth C. Balcomb III

started Orca Survey in 1976. He has been the Executive Director and Research Biologist for the Center for Whale Research since 1985. He is also a Charter Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, a member of the IUCN/SSC Whale Specialist Group, and an invited specialist on the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. He has extensive field experience at sea and is an accomplished wildlife photographer.

Dr. Astrid Maria van Ginneken

is the co-Principal Investigator of Orca Survey. She has been on staff since 1987 and has published several articles on orca research. She developed software for capture of routinely collected research data.

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