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Allied Whale

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Judy Allen
Research Associate
As well as directing photo identification studies at Allied Whale, Judy is Director of Information Systems for College of the Atlantic. After graduating from William Smith College with a degree in Anthropology, Judy joined Allied Whale in 1978. She has co-authored numerous papers and at present her duties include curation of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog and the Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog. These projects have provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with scientists around the globe, and to participate in fieldwork in Bermuda, the Gulf of Maine and the Antarctic. Judy has two children, one who recently graduated from College of the Atlantic and another who is at the University of Maine. When not spending her spare time working on Allied Whale projects, she enjoys gardening, hiking and biking.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Dan DenDanto
Director of Finwhale Catalogue
As well as working at Allied Whale, Dan is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Maine, Department of Biological Sciences. He holds an M.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in Human Ecology. Dan's research focuses on population and social ecology of North Atlantic Fin Whales utilizing photographic-identification and molecular genetic techniques. He has conducted extensive field work along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States, particularly in the Gulf of Maine where he is the Station Manager of the E.M. Blair Marine Research Station on Mount Desert Rock. As a graduate student he co-founded, and serves as an analyst, for the University of Maine's Molecular Forensic Laboratory for wildlife and has conducted breeding research on marine bivalves important in aquaculture. Dan is an accomplished re-articulator of marine mammal skeletons for museums and contributed to filming for the BBC's renowned Blue Planet series. Recent activities include social acoustic work in Hawaii on humpback whales and service on the Board of Directors of the Cetos Research Organization.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Bethany Holm
Research Associate
Bethany Holm is a recent graduate of College of the Atlantic. During her undergraduate years, she was a work-study student with Allied Whale and was involved with photo-identification, strandings, and later began to assist in the management of the Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog (AHWC). Bethany traveled to Antarctica as an intern and collected data for the AHWC. Since graduating, she has worked full time as a research assistant with both the AHWC and also preparing cetacean skin samples for stable isotope analysis. She has spent several research seasons at Mount Desert Rock helping to collect photo-identification, oceanographic, and other data. Bethany is interested in training animals and participates in dog training classes and competitions.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Steven Katona, Ph.D.
President of College of the Atlantic
Along with his students, Dr. Katona founded Allied Whale, which pioneered development of the techniques for identifying individual humpback and fin whales photographically. He currently is an Overseer at the New England Aquarium and serves on the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the Advisory Board of the Marine Conservation Action Fund, and the Advisory Commission of Acadia National Park. Steve was a founding faculty member of the college and taught courses in marine biology, marine mammals, invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, and evolution before his appointment as president in July, 1993. Dr. Katona received his B.A. and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Rosemary Seton
Research Associate
Rosemary manages the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue and is the Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator for the northeast region of Maine. Rosemary holds a B.A. (Physiological and Neuropsychology) from McGill University in Montreal, her hometown, and is currently finishing her M.Sc. degree in animal behavior from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her thesis is on the ice entrapments of blue whales and other cetaceans off the coast of Newfoundland. She has worked with large baleen whales, especially humpback whales, for over 14 years both in Canada and the United States. She recently returned from Silver Bank, north of the Dominican Republic, where she was part of a project to biopsy and photo ID humpbacks in their breeding and calving grounds. At present, what she calls her home "menagerie" includes a horse, a llama, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 2 ferrets, 22 chickens, 3 Muskovy Ducks and 6 Guinea fowl.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Toby Stephenson
Research Associate
Toby Stephenson is a COA graduate and has been a naturalist on whale watch boats for the past ten seasons. His work at Allied Whale began in 1994 and since 1998 he has been a volunteer, organizing Allied Whale's bone collection and working as an associate researcher. He coordinates field data collected during whale watches for Allied Whale identification catalogues, and supervises interns in digital mark re-capture methods. He curates displays at the whale museum in Bar Harbor, and has worked as an Endangered Species Observer on large vessels monitoring for whales and turtles. He is also a licensed captain with a 100 ton masters certificate.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Sean Todd, Ph.D.
Professor of Marine Mammals
College of the Atlantic
Sean is a senior scientist at Allied Whale. He teaches classes from biology, sensory ecology, and oceanography to quantitative science, statistics, and marine mammal science. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine in Orono. He earned his B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University College of North Wales (Bangor, UK), and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biopsychology, at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada). Sean worked with The Whale Group in Newfoundland for 10 years, where he examined marine mammal-fishery interactions, designed and tested acoustic alarms for fishing gear, and helped to release entrapped animals. Sean is passionate about music and teaches classes in opera as well as whale song and bioacoustics.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Chris Tremblay
Research Associate
Chris is a research assistant with Allied Whale and is involved with the management of the North Atlantic Finback Whale Catalogue. His curiosity about the ocean began with fishing and spending a lot of time on fishing boats. A recent graduate of the College of the Atlantic, Chris has been with the Allied Whale research team for two seasons at the Mount Desert Rock Marine Research Station as both intern and field research assistant. Along with photo ID work, he is involved in skeletal re-articulation projects. Chris has also spent time as an intern at the New England Aquarium water quality laboratory and studying rainforest botany in Australia. Chris hopes to finish re-building a motorcycle in time for a cross-country trip.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Mindy Viechnicki
Assistant Stranding Coordinator
Mindy Viechnicki joined the team of researchers at Allied Whale in 2003. Her experience includes photo-id of various cetaceans in southwestern Canada, Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, and Florida. Her work also includes population studies through aerial and shipboard surveys and behavioral analyses with various delphinids. She is now the assistant manager of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue at Allied Whale. Mindy graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Marine Science and Ecology and a minor in Child Development. Mindy's young daughter keeps her busy outside of work.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Anne Zoidis
Research Associate
Ann Zoidis (M.S. Physiology and Behavioral Biology) has over 19 years experience as a marine mammal scientist. She started with Allied Whale in 1992 as a field scientist and Pubic Relations Director and is now a COA Research Associate. Her experience is in behavioral and acoustic research, effects of anthropogenic disturbance on animal behavior and evaluating impacts. As MDR staff since 1992, she assists in humpback and finback research. Ann consults on ongoing research efforts and attends regulatory meetings regarding marine mammal management concerns. She also conducts marine mammal research throughout the country via vessel/shore/aerial surveys and for the past few years has spent winters in California and Hawaii. She especially likes the location of Allied Whale in Bar Harbor because she enjoys hiking in Acadia National Park.

For more information on Allied Whale please visit:

National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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