Meet the Board: Vice President, Drew Mayer

Drew’s heart has always belonged to the natural world, but by age 23 he joined Shearson/American Express and found himself on Wall Street for the next 20 years where he developed into an investment manager specializing in pattern recognition and what is now known as algorithmic trading at Prudential-Bache and UBS. However, in 2004

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Meet the Board: President, Axel Stepan

We’ve decided to introduce you to our Board of Directors, to help you get a sense of the people who help the Wild Dolphin Project fulfill our mission! First up, is our current president, Axel Stepan.     After receiving his MBA in 1999, Axel started his career as an

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Meet the Team: Tyler Hazelwood

On a rainy, winter day in South Florida, long-time Wild Dolphin Project member Pat Weyer i ventured into a local dive shop looking for a rash guard. It was a slow day and while there, she started talking to instructor Tyler Hazelwood. They ended up talking for hours and she told

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Meet the Team: Research Associate, Bethany Augliere

For the last decade, you’ve probably seen photos of and photos taken by our research associate, photographer and social media wiz Bethany Augliere. Now’s your chance to learn a little bit more about her! Bethany grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C., but always had a passion for the

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Meet the Team: Captain Brad Ruda

Brad Ruda grew up in the Lake Worth, Florida and always loved the water and being outside. He spent his days boating fishing, camping and canoeing. After graduating high school, Brad had been working as a dockhand at the same marina where we dock our research vessel Stenella. He regularly

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Meet the Team: Executive Assistant Melissa Infante

Melissa grew up in South Florida and always had a passion for the outdoors and animals, spending much of her days surfing and riding horses. In 2015, she was looking for a career change and for something with a sense of purpose. She saw the ad on Craigslist for an

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Meet the Team: Field Assistant, Liah McPherson

Growing up in the Outer Banks, Liah always had a passion for the ocean, but in particular, dolphins. Clearly driven from a young age, she began volunteering with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research in middle school. “My parents have always been supportive of my passion and saved many

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QandA with Biologist Cassie Volker

Hi everyone! We hope you enjoyed our LIVE Facebook Question and Answer session with our biologist Cassie Volker. We decided to turn that session into a blog, as a permanent resource. As a refresher, the Wild Dolphin Project was started by Dr. Denise Herzing in 1985. Along with her colleagues,

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Looking Back on 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we decided to reflect back on our year at the Wild Dolphin Project. It was a season filled with good weather, amazing dolphin behavior and unique sightings of marine life, including whale sharks and sperm whales! For the 2019 field season, we had 69

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Meet WDP Cook, Theresa Carlsen.

  We’ve said here at the Wild Dolphin Project many times — it takes a team to make the project (and in particular) the field season run smoothly! To study dolphins in the Bahamas every summer, we live on our 65-foot Research Vessel Stenella. The boat holds 12 people and

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