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Norm Baker

Norm Baker holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Marine Reserve Representative for the Washington Sierra Club. Norm is also a participant in the Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan, Marine Area 4B Advisory Group, and the Rockfish Work Group currently conducted by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Send email to Norm at

Joshua Chenoweth

Joshua Chenoweth received his Master of Science degree in restoration botany in 2007 from the University of Washington. He was hired that same year by Olympic National Park to write the Revegetation and Restoration Plan for Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell (2011) after dam removal on the Elwha River. For the last six years, he has led the Elwha revegetation project. Send email to Joshua at

David Dilgard

We are proud to have David as our keynote speaker

Howard Garrett

Howard Garrett began working with the Center for Whale Research in 1981. He co-founded Orca Network in November 2001 with Susan Berta. Since 1995 Howard and Susan have conducted a campaign to return Lolita, captured in 1970 from the Southern Resident community, to her home waters in Puget Sound. Howard gives talks around Whidbey Island and beyond for students and community organizations. Send email to Howard at

Jessie Huggins

Jessie Huggins has been working with Cascadia Research since 2004. As Stranding Coordinator, she leads Cascadia's responses to stranded marine mammals throughout Washington State. She has also been involved with field work and other components of Cascadia's long-term blue, gray and humpback whale photo-ID projects. Jessie earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Washington in 2001. Email her at

Andrew Kallus

Andy Kallus is a Cleanup Site Manager with the Department of Ecology's Toxics Cleanup Program. He is currently the Baywide Project Manager for cleanups conducted under the Puget Sound Initiative in Port Gardner. Prior to coming to Ecology, he spent 16 years in consulting conducting risk assessments and site investigations. He has degrees in Forestry and in Environmental Management. Send email to Andrew at

Jennifer Lanksbury

Jennifer Lanksbury is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her work relates to how human activities affect the healthy function of Puget Sound's ecosystem and her primary research is focused on toxic contamination in near shore biota, particularly with regard to native mussels. Send email to Jennifer at .

Brooke Love

Brooke Love did her doctorate work at the University of Washington, then went to Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Working at the Shannon Point Marine Center, she investigates the effects of ocean acidification on the smaller members of the food web, and works with instrumentation to monitor the conditions currently present in the Salish Sea.

Dr. Jenifer McIntyre

Dr. Jenifer McIntyre is an Aquatic Ecotoxicologist at the Washington State University Puyallup Research & Extension Center. Her current research focuses on the biological effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure to reduce the toxicity of stormwater runoff to salmon and their food web. Send email to Dr. McIntyre at

Melissa Miner

Melissa Miner is a researcher at U.C. Santa Cruz, but works remotely from Bellingham. For over 20 years, she has helped to monitor rocky intertidal communities from Alaska to Mexico as part of MARINe (Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network), and is currently training citizen science groups in Oregon & Washington to assist with sea star monitoring. Send email to Melissa at

Kurt Nelson

Kurt Nelson has been employed by the Tulalip Tribes for 26 years as a fisheries biologist and program manager. He has technical expertise in stream ecology and restoration, fisheries, fluvial geomorphology, and hydrology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Wildland Hydrology from the University of Washington. Send email to Kurt at

Jan Newton

Dr. Jan Newton, a Biological Oceanographer with a PhD in Oceanography, studies the physical, chemical and biological dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. A recent focus is ocean acidification from local to global scales. She co-directs the new Washington Ocean Acidification Center and directs the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems. Send email to Dr. Newton at

Jessica Paige

Jessica Paige has been working in environmental outreach for nearly 20 years, providing education to residents and businesses on water quality protection and keeping the public informed about hazardous cleanup sites around Bellingham Bay.

Franchesca Perez

Franchesca Perez has worked with the Stillaguamish Tribe as an outreach biologist since 2003. She now manages the tribal marine program. She is completing development of the Stillaguamish Outdoor Learning Center on Pilchuck Creek in Arlington. She holds a Masters in Marine and Estuarine Science, and has attended classes on ethnobotany through North West Indian College. Send email to Franchesca at

Kate Riley

Kate Riley is an environmental specialist with experience in low-impact development, sustainable landscape design, and community engagement. She holds a MS in Environmental Engineering from Montana State University, and has worked internationally with non-profits and consulting firms in sustainable development. Send email to Kate at

Hugh Shipman

Hugh Shipman has been a Geologist with the Washington Department of Ecology since 1989. His interests include coastal processes and beach restoration on Puget Sound. He provides technical assistance to agencies and local organizations. He has B.A. in Earth Sciences and Engineering and an M.S. in Geology. He grew up near the coast of Maine, but moved to Seattle in 1983. Send email to Hugh at

Gary Slater

Gary Slater is the Executive Director of Ecostudies Institute, a non-profit organization committed to conserving birds and their habitats. He oversees a diverse program that uses science, restoration, and outreach to advance bird conservation. Some of his current research focuses on the wintering and stopover ecology of shorebirds in Puget Sound and the reintroduction and population dynamics of cavity-nesting birds. Send email to Gary at

Heather Trim

Heather has more than 20 years of experience in environmental work preventing runoff and improving shoreline management practices. Prior to joining Futurewise, she was at People for Puget Sound for over ten years where she focused on protections for the marine environment. Beyond Futurewise, Heather has also been a leader of Zero Waste Seattle, which has run campaigns on waste reduction efforts. Email to Heather at

Veronica von Allwörden

Veronica von Allwörden has a Master's degree in Fine Arts. She worked as a SCUBA instructor for 10 years. She volunteered for the Seattle Aquarium for 11 years as a diver, research assistant and underwater photographer. She has dived with sharks, from huge schools of Scalloped Hammer Head Sharks in the Galapagos Islands to the elusive Sixgill Shark in Puget Sound. Send email to Veronica at

James Watson

Jim Watson is a Wildlife Research Scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the lead researcher for statewide raptor studies. He has spent the past 40 years studying raptors in the western United States and abroad. His research focus includes raptor population dynamics, migration ecology, and management of raptors in human landscapes. Send email to James at

John Williams

John Williams started his own video production company, Still Hope Productions, in 2002, after 20 years of visiting most of the world's oceans on research ships to create detailed maps of the seafloor. Now he produces short educational movies about local waters. His most recent venture is a nonprofit organization named SEA-Media which is calling attention to the wealth of independent media about our local waters. Send email to John at