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About Us

Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to understanding more about marine mammal populations in the Salish Sea and passing on that knowledge through scientific publications and education.

Mission: To understand and protect harbor porpoises and harbor seals of the Salish Sea through innovative scientific research, engaging educational outreach, and hands-on learning opportunities.

Vision: We aim to provide information that is crucial to creating biologically meaningful conservation measures for marine mammals of the Salish Sea, and build a community that is engaged in protecting the marine world they depend on.

Our research is conducted on the traditional lands of the Samish Indian Nation people past and present. We honor and give gratitude to the land itself, and to the Samish Tribe.

Our work and programs may occur outside of this region and we honor all Indigenous Peoples to include S'Klallam, Coast Salish, Lummi, Tulalip, Swinomish, Stillaguamish, Skagit, Lekwungen/Songhees, and Te'mexw. Learn more about the local tribes here and here.

Our Story

Founded in 2014, PacMam is one of only a handful of organizations worldwide conducting long-term non-invasive research and monitoring of harbor porpoise populations. 


By studying marine mammals in their natural environment of the Salish Sea, we can improve our understanding of their life history, behavior, social structure and ecology within a dynamic and changing environment.

Using traditional and innovative scientific techniques, we provide information critical for conservation measures and create public awareness through education. Through ongoing research and education, PacMam provides high quality research data to the scientific community and creates an empowered constituency that can make informed decisions about the marine world they depend on.

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Michelle Green. President.

Evan Barnett. Vice-President.

Brooke Casanova. Secretary.

Amy Eberling. Treasurer.

Kristine Stultz. Director.

Monica Bohnert. Director.

Bethany Augliere. Director.

Dr. Cindy Elliser. Ex-Officio Member.

Katrina MacIver. Honorary Advisor of Directors Emeritus.

Scientific Advisors

Dr. Denise Herzing. Research Director/Founder, The Wild Dolphin Project.

Dr. Julie Oswald. Senior Lecturer, University of St. Andrews.

Funding Supporters

Ruth Foundation funder logo
Marathon Petroleum Foundation funder logo
MGAEF funder logo
Island Adventures funder logo
NAME Foundation funder logo
OCCF funder logo
Andeavor Foundation funder logo
Norcross Foundation funder logo


The Salish Sea School collaborator logo
SMELTS collaborator logo
Made In Puget Sound collaborator logo
Gill Marine gear supporter logo
Porpoise Conservation Society collaborator logo
SR3 collaborator logo
The Whale Museum collaborator logo
Port Townsend Marine Science Center collaborator logo
MERS Canada collaborator logo
The Whale Trail collaborator logo
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