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Directors/Advisers

ZAVEN ARZOUMANIAN, Director, President, Co-founder

Zaven Arzoumanian earned degrees in Physics at McGill University (B.Sc.) and Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D.). His research interests include the astrophysics of neutron stars and black holes, testing theories of gravitation and the nature of matter in extreme environments, and new technologies for instrumentation in radio and X-ray astronomy. Zaven is employed as a contract scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, USA. Zaven’s interest in Whale Sharks and pattern-matching computations for biological applications was cultivated in a collaboration with Jason Holmberg and Brad Norman, culminating in the development of a technique for matching spot patterns adapted from astronomy, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology (May 2005).
Code 662
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
USA
zaven@wildme.org

 

JASON HOLMBERG, Director, Secretary, Information Architect, Co-founder

Jason Holmberg started working on this Wildbook in 2002 and has logged over 8,000 hours of development time. As Information Architect, he has designed and implemented new tools to support digital pattern recognition for Whale Sharks. Using Jaon’s tools, the project has been able to categorize and manage a large amount of Whale Shark data and to identify individual animals from multiple photos taken by different researchers many years apart. Jason’s interface also encourages public participation in Whale Shark research via an automated email system that sends individual data contributors automatic updates on individual Whale Shark re-sightings. Jason also undertook further field-testing of the project’s methodology and technology in the Galapagos Islands in October 2004, Honduras in March 2005 and Australia in April 2005. He gave two talks at the International Whale Shark Conference in Perth, Australia in May 2005 and later that year accepted a Duke’s Choice Award on behalf of the team for innovative use of Java technology for Whale Shark data management and pattern recognition. Jason co-authored a widely lauded paper with Zaven Arzoumanian and Brad Norman on a 12-year population study at Ningaloo Marine Park in Ecological Applications (January 2008).
Wild Me Information Architect
1726 N Terry Street
Portland, Oregon 97217
USA
jason@whaleshark.org

 

ANDREA MARSHALL, Science Coordinator

Andrea Marshall is a conservation biologist, working in Mozambique on the ecology of both species of manta rays. Educated in the United States and Australia, Andrea was the first person in the world to complete a PhD on manta rays. After completing her thesis Andrea stayed on to spearhead the conservation efforts of these species in Mozambique. After almost a decade of work in the region, she founded the Marine Megafauna Association. Her world-leading manta ray research program examines aspects of their biology, reproductive ecology, habitat use, migrations and social behaviour. Aside from dramatically increasing the level of knowledge on manta rays themselves, Andrea’s discovery of a new giant species of manta ray in 2008 was one of the largest new species to have been described by any scientist in the last 50 years. In addition to her busy international research schedule Andrea spends many months of the year working on conservation initiatives at home and abroad.

 

MARK MCBRIDE, Director

Mark McBride is a software developer at Twitter Inc., building APIs that allow developers to access Twitter capabilities. He is also on the board of Wild Me. He is interested in all aspects of software development, as well as sustainability and conservation.

 

SIMON PIERCE, Director, Science Coordinator

Simon Pierce is a conservation ecologist focusing on threatened marine species, particularly sharks and rays. Simon, a New Zealand native, has been based in Mozambique since 2005 where he leads research efforts on a large year-round aggregation of whale sharks. Simon's whale shark research examines the population ecology, movements and conservation status of these enormous fishes. His research is designed to bridge the gap between science in management in order to develop and implement effective conservation solutions. Simon is a Lead Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Association in Mozambique and Executive Director of Eyes on the Horizon, a national Mozambican marine conservation organisation. He holds a BSc degree from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) and a BSc (Hons) and PhD from The University of Queensland (Australia).

 

ZAID ZAID, Director
Zaid A. Zaid is a senior associate in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group. Zaid completed a summer clerkship in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the United States Department of State, where he drafted memos concerning the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and researched for NAFTA Chapter 11 investment claims against the US Government. Zaid was a political officer in the Foreign Service from 1999 to 2006, and he worked at US embassies in Syria, Tunis, Cairo, the US Mission to the United Nations, and with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as the liaison to the Iraqi Governing Council as well as at the US Embassy in Baghdad. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association. He is the chair of the Fletcher Alumni Club of Washington DC, a board member of Wild Me, a member of the American Constitution Society, a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
USA
zaidazaid@gmail.com

 

Jacob Levenson, Director
TBD

 

Collaborating Researchers and Volunteers (82)

Rachel Graham
Wildlife Conservation Society
David Rowat
Marine Conservation Society Seychelles
Caroline Confort
ECOCEAN Australia
WWF Indonesia Volunteers
WWF Indonesia
Lauren Warnell
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Elson Q. Aca
Eric Hoffmayer
NOAA
Rossana Magui?
Tiburon Ballena M?xico (Whale Shark Mexico)
Gujarat 1
Wildlife Trust of India
Cathy Levitt
Teacher
Scott Baker
Jesse Cochrane
KAUST
Darcy Bradley
ECOCEAN Australia
Dolphin Encountours Research Center in support of DolphinCare
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Fred Michna
Australian National University
Lisa West
ECOCEAN Australia
Peter Bassett
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Reanne Creyghton
Georgina Crickmere
ECOCEAN Australia
Abraham
Camp Gecko
Peter Haskell
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Jacob Levenson
Georgia Aquarium
Fabrice Jaine
Underwater Africa
John Tyminski
Mote Marine Labs
Heather Taylor
Department of Parks and Wildlife, Government of Western Australia
George Shedrawi
ECOCEAN Australia
Lisa Carne
Fragments of Hope
Aqua-Firma UK
Aisleen Dilks
ECOCEAN Australia
Tom Horton
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Michael Berumen
Red Sea Research Center
Steve Fox
Deep Blue Utila
Andrea Marshall
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Felicity Kelly
DPaW
Robert Hueter
Mote Marine Laboratory
Dianne Cook
Iowa State University
Heidi Turcotte
Georgia Aquarium
Fernando Cagua
KAUST
Harry Webb
Georgia Aquarium
Al Dove
Georgia Aquarium
Hannah Darrin
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Giles Winstanley
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Wild Me Facebook Automated Data Pull
Wild Me
Chris Rohner
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Adriana Valera Bermejo
CONABIO
Uri Priel
University of Toronto
Eden Baxter
ECOCEAN Australia
Alan Duncan
The Dive Inn
David Acuna
Charles Darwin Foundation
Big Blue Conservation
Big Blue Diving
Ross Newbigging
All Out Africa
Kerry Gladish
Georgia Aquarium
Alex Hearn
Migramar
Jon Van Oast
Wild Me
Deni Ramirez
Tiburon Ballena M?xico (Whale Shark Mexico)
Jennifer Schmidt
University of Chicago/SRI
WWF Philippines
World Wildlife Federation
Jennifer McKinney
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Steffen Sanvig Bach
Maersk Oil
Petra Roeglin
Sinai Dive Center
Bryony Martin-Long
ECOCEAN Australia
Underwater Africa Volunteers
Underwater Africa Volunteers
GAI Interns
Georgia Aquarium
Martin
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Dani Rob
Department of Parks and Wildlife, Government of Western Australia
Simon Hilbourne
David Robinson
Sharkwatch Arabia
Brendon Sing
Shark Guardian
Rowan Watt-Pringle
Work Travel South Africa (WTSA) / Wildlife and Ecological Investments (WEI)
Rafael de la Parra
Ch'ooj Ajauil AC, Mexico
All Out Africa Volunteers
Brad Norman
ECOCEAN
Katie Reeve-Arnold
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Simon Pierce
Marine Megafauna Foundation, Wild Me
Clare Prebble
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Amanda ellis
University of Kentucky
Adrián Fernández
Matthews
ECOCEAN Australia
Zaven Arzoumanian
Wild Me
Alessandro Ponzo
Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines (LAMAVE)
Nil Llonch
Volunteer of Rafael de la Parra
Jason Holmberg
Wild Me

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