Curt Jenner, Managing Director, Principal Investigator
Curt Jenner received his B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Alberta, Canada. His interests include population biology of humpback whales and blue whales, their migratory pathways, and the relationship of these pathways to oceanographic features. As a Master Mariner, his strong sailing background has been very useful in these pursuits.
Micheline Jenner, Secretary/Treasurer, Principal Investigator
Micheline-Nicole Jenner received her B.Sc. in Zoology and M.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is fascinated by life histories, reproductive rates and behaviour of known individual humpback whales and ecology of rarely observed offshore cetacean species. As a Master Mariner Micheline delights in being offshore collecting photographic research material.
The Jenners have studied whales since 1986. Since 1990, the Jenners have been conducting studies focused on management issues for Stock D humpback whales off Western Australia. In 1999 their work expanded to include pygmy blue whales. Their current research focus is on understanding ecological constraints to the recovery of southern hemisphere blue whale populations.
Carrie Skorcz – Research Associate
After receiving a B.Sc. in Marine Biology, Carrie completed her Masters of Science. Her thesis was: Understanding variability: The implications of monitoring dugong population trends. Having worked on various cetacean research projects around the world (including orca pod identification in Canada, humpback photo identification in Hawaii and dusky dolphin research in New Zealand), Carrie is now assisting CWR with the analysis of acoustic datasets.
R/V Whale Song Marine Crew
Dale Peterson – First Mate, Engineer
With a BSCE, MC4, MED2 and STCW, the “old sea dog” has been with CWR since the 90’s (when he wasn’t sailing his own boat). With 200,000 nautical miles, two round-the-world trips and from the Antarctic to Alaska, he has been on most of the world’s oceans. Previous to CWR, Dale made a career in offshore oil and gas.
Resty Adenir – Chief Engineer
Resty graduated from Cavite State University in the Philippines in 1989. When CWR purchased R.V. Whale Song, Resty was already aboard and had served as her Chief Engineer for the previous three years. Happily, he agreed to stay with this beautiful ship and now has been aboard R. V. Whale Song for five years. Resty is a career seaman with a Marine Engine Driver Grade 1, STCW95 training, Dive Medic training and isalso a fantastic chef. He has 22 years experience working on vessels all around the world, including fishing in the Bering Strait.
Skipper – Cetacean Spotter/Security
Skipper is a Jack Russel terrier who has fine tuned his superior canine observation skills towards cetacean spotting. He can hear the soft puff of a spinner dolphin blow from hundreds of metres away and spends his time at sea on high alert, ever ready to notify the research team of any cetaceans in the area. While in port, Skipper moves into security mode, maintaining a constant vigil over his domian. Many a rat, two legged and four, have turned away at the charge of our fearless little friend.