Virtual marine biology camp

March 19, 2020

During the school shutdowns, we’ve decided to launch a (very) informal, impromptu, virtual marine biology camp. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, and you should see us in your news feed when we go live, Mondays and Thursdays at 11 am Pacific time. For Paddington Bear fans, you’ll note that this is conveniently timed to […]

HECTOR and LUCA need a home

August 02, 2012

OK, this has nothing to do with whales or conservation.  A colleague of ours at the University of St Andrews (in Scotland) recently passed away, and his two beautiful flat-coated retrievers, Hector and Luca, need a new home.  Ideally, they’d stay together, but we know that the world isn’t ideal.  Hope you don’t mind our […]


April 19, 2012

Larry Pynn is publishing a special, six-part series on the State of the Salish Sea.  We are happy for our work to be included. His piece on 18 April addresses an issue that resonates with us:  using hydrophones [underwater microphones] to measure ocean noise levels, while simultaneously collecting information on whale presence.  We are a […]


March 20, 2012

  “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. […]

The Girl Effect

October 04, 2011

The Girl Effect They say write about what you know.  That’s tough, because I don’t know what it’s like to be a girl in the developing world.  I’m trying to learn, because girls in the developing world hold the key to creating a better life for all of us.  It’s called The Girl Effect.   I […]

Need to cool off?

August 15, 2011

  While it’s pretty cool here in Scotland, many of you are having a blazing summer.  We hope this Emperor penguin does the trick!


August 02, 2011

Full disclosure:  we didn’t always want to be marine biologists.  Or did we?  Rob thought he wanted to study dinosaurs, but he clearly had a knack for line transect surveys on Comox Lake in the early 1980s.  Wishart didn’t swim until he was nearly 2.  And Erin?  Well, you could not have told this 4 […]