Paula Olson - Observer, lead

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Paula Olson - Lead observer

Paula Olson's research focuses on understanding the stock structure and geographic movements of cetacean populations using photo-ID as a research tool.

Paula has worked on photo-ID projects addressing questions of stock structure and movement for ten different cetacean species for the International Whaling Commission (IWC); the International Union on the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA); and College of the Atlantic, USA, and established and curated the Antarctic Blue Whale Photo-ID Catalogue for the IWC.

Her home is in San Diego, California, USA where she is a visiting scientist at Southwest Fisheries Science Center/NMFS/NOAA. There Paula works on photo-ID data of blue and killer whales from the eastern tropical Pacific, in addition to Antarctic blue whales. Her background includes numerous line-transect surveys for marine mammals which have taken her to polar, temperate, and tropical regions of the world’s oceans.

The Antarctic Blue Whale Voyage will be Paula's tenth expedition to Antarctica.

This page was last modified on August 5, 2015.