Team

In close to 40 years of activity, MICS has had hundreds of people that have contributed to its growth and helped shape it. We would not be able to do justice to all of them by citing their names, but here are a few of the wonderful people that are part of the team!

Richard Sears

Richard Sears

President Richard Sears, a Franco-American, founded Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) in 1979 to study marine mammals in the St Lawrence, with an emphasis on baleen whales. At eighteen, he took part in an SEA sail-training expedition in oceanography aboard the schooner Westward, from Puerto Rico to Boston, via the Bahamas, Bermuda and eastern seaboard. It is during this trip...

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collaborating scientists

Brian Kot

  Brian W. Kot, Ph.D. Research Director Email: briankot@rorqual.com Dr. Kot is a vertebrate zoologist who has worked with rorqual whales, particularly minke whales, since 1998. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His previous research and teaching appointments include as a biology professor at Antioch College, as...

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Joanna Kershaw

Joanna Kershaw

Joanna Kershaw PhD Student and Team member Jo completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Durham University in the UK, with special interest in animal physiology and disease. During her second summer as an undergraduate she volunteered for an Italian cetacean research and conservation organisation, Tethys, and decided then that she wanted to apply her interests more specifically to marine...

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Anna Schleimer

Anna Schleimer

Anna Schleimer PhD Student, Team Member After graduating as marine biologist from the University of Plymouth, UK, Anna completed the Master in Research in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews (UK) with overall distinction. Under the supervision of Prof Philip Hammond, she wrote a master's thesis on the distribution of fin whales in the North Atlantic in...

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RSL

Rachel Sullivan-Lord

Captain and research associate Hailing from the salt-encrusted coast of New England, Rachel grew up with a passion for the ocean and the creatures that live just beneath the water’s surface, leading her to pursue a degree in marine ecology. An avid scuba diver and sailor, she has worked in all the oceans of the world studying the impacts of...

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Florine

Florine Martineau

Team member Florine grew up in the west of France; passionate about the marine world since childhood, she discovered the world of cetaceans through books and documentaries. In 2015, during her Technical Certificate in General Zoology, she came upon the world of cetaceans as an intern at MICS. Since then, she has pursued her dream by coming back every summer...

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