Whale Researchers

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

Richard Sears President Richard Sears was born in Paris, from a French mother and an American father. At eighteen, he took part in SEA sail-training expedition in oceanography onboard the schooner Westward, from Puerto Rico to Boston, via the Bahamas, Bermuda and eastern seabord. It is during this trip that he approached whales for the first time and took part...

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Christian Ramp

Christian Ramp

  Christian Ramp Research Coordinator   Christian arrived in 1997 as intern and decided to come back every year, pursuing his academic and research career through MICS. Originally based in Bremen, Germany, he earned a Masters’ degree in 2002 which focused on blue whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence, and a PhD in 2008 on humpback whales. He then...

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Valentine Ribadeau-Dumas

Valentine Ribadeau-Dumas General Manager

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Viridiana Jimenez

Viridiana Jimenez

Viridiana Jimenez Communication coordinator and team member   Fascinated with the marine environment since childhood, Viridiana earned her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2007. The next couple of years were spent training in internships in the field of cetacean research in the Canary Islands (Atlantic Whale Foundation), Hawai’i (The Dolphin Institute) and particularly...

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Josiane Riopel

Josiane Riopel

Josiane Riopel Boat Captain and Team Member   During her bachelor degree in ecology at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Josiane had the opportunity to do several internships. The first one, for which she was a park ranger and naturalist at the National Park on the Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé Island, showed her the beauties of the marine life. With a thrust to...

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collaborating scientists

Brian Kot

  Brian Kot Collaborating Scientist    Brian is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Antioch College (Ohio, U.S.A.) and is a long-term collaborator with MICS. He began working with whales in 1998 in Mexico and then collaborated with MICS on various projects that earned him an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University...

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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...

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Anna Schleimer

Anna Schleimer

Anna Schleimer PhD Student, Team Member   Anna: 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...

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Miranda Unger

Miranda Unger Team member   Miranda Unger graduated from Acadia University, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a double major in German (2015). Afterwards she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Mammal Science at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Her thesis on the survival and abundance of blue whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, was written...

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Amber Gibson

Amber Gibson

Amber Gibson Team member Amber studied Environmental Studies and Geography at the University of Ottawa, Canada. During the second year of her undergraduate degree, she volunteered for the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) based in Plymouth, MA. It was there that she decided to further pursue studies in marine mammal research and conservation. Amber first joined MICS in 2015. ...

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Rachel Sullivan-Lord

Rachel Sullivan-Lord Team member 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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