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Our Team

Core Team

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Michael Fishbach

Michael is our executive director and co-founder.

For the past 30 years Michael has been actively involved in field research and conservation work on blue and other great Whales.


Heather Watrous

Director of Education

Heather Watrous, has been teaching about and sharing the wonders of the natural world to children and adults her entire life. 


Alberto Davis

Mexican Artisanal Fisherman 

For the past ten years Alberto has served seasonally as the captain of our research boat on the Sea of Cortez. Alberto lives with his wife and three sons in the town of Loreto in the state of Baja California Sur Mexico.


Delphi Waters

Co-Founder at Whale Guardians™
In addition to over a decade of cetacean research, Delphi brings her expertise in photography, design, communications, media production & directionproject
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Maximiliano Bello

Maximiliano Bello is an international ocean policy expert who has worked in the environmental arena for over 2 decades to advance marine conservation priorities.

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Richard W. Hughes

Ricahrd is a partner in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, law firm of Rothstein Donatelli LLP.  A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Yale Law School, he spent the first 9 years of.

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Lenard Milich, PHD

Lenard Milich studied under the world-renowned cetacean researcher, Dr. Ken Norris. His first direct exposure to the great whales was when he participated in the dissection of an adult female blue whale, washed up just north of that city.

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Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse is best known internationally as an award-winning actress in film, television and theater, a career that has spanned fifty years. 

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Michael Fishbach

Non Voting Board Member

Michael is our executive director and co-founder.

 For the past 25 years Michael has been actively involved in field research and conservation work on Blue and other Great Whales.

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Board of Advisors

Michael Barbaix

Capt. Michael S. Barbaix

Barbaix is a Master Mariner onboard so-called supertankers. He started his seafaring career at the age of 17 when he got..


Cristina Mittermeier

World-renowned conservationist and photographer Cristina "Mitty" Mittermeier believes that stunning visual storytelling is the key to unlocking critical action to help heal our ocean and save our planet.

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Dr. Jorge Urbán

Dr. Jorge Urbán is a Professor of the Department of the Coastal and Marine Sciences of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur at La Paz, B.C.S., where he has worked for 30 years.


Louie Psihoyos

The Executive Director of OPS, Louie is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prominent still photographers. He has circled the globe dozens of times for National Geographic..


John Calambokidis

A research biologist and co-founder of Cascadia Research, a nonprofit organization formed in 1979 and based in Olympia, Washington, is an advisor to the GWC. 


Dr. David Guggenehim

Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer and educator.

Roger Proudfoot

Roger Proudfoot

Roger Proudfoot is the UK Environment Agency’s Estuary and Coast Planning Manager for England and Chair of the UK Healthy Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG).

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