Researcher biography

Jake began his foray into research at the Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Laboratory at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Through his connection with the animals as a trainer, Jake discovered his passion for research and conservation. This drove him to become a research technician at the Friedlaender Bio-Telemetry and Behavioral Ecology Laboratory at UCSC, where he studied the ecology and foraging behavior of rorquals ranging from the blue whales of Monterey Bay to the minke whales inhabiting the Antarctic Peninsula.

As a CEAL student, Jake continues cultivating his interests in marine mammal research and conservation through his studies on the population health of the Eastern Australian humpback whale. A lover of surfing, snorkeling, and wildlife, he plans to work towards maintaining a healthy ocean future generations to enjoy.