Hi! I’m Claire, and I am a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, which sparked my fascination in the ocean at a young age. I continued to pursue my interest in marine ecosystems at university, where I had the opportunities to study abroad in the Galápagos Islands and Belize, as well as become SCUBA certified. I discovered a love of research while working on my undergraduate research project at SPU, and decided to pursue a career in marine biology. My introduction to whale conservation came when I had the chance to assemble a gray whale skeleton, which now hangs in the science building at SPU. In my free time I enjoy horseback riding, SCUBA diving, reading, and working on art projects. I also love spending time with friends and my parrot, Pippa. I look forward to learning more about the whale populations both in the Puget Sound and Hawai’i, and I’m super excited to be a part of the Cascadia team!
Fall 2021, Winter 2022