John is a CI and independent contractor with the CIBW Photo-ID Project and a US Air Force veteran.
He joined the team in 2017 and has worked with cetaceans for over a decade. John's responsibilities include cataloging, photo-processing, GIS data management, and mapping for the CIBW Photo-ID Project.
DR. TAMARA MCGUIRE
Tamara is the Principal Investigator for the CIBW Photo-ID Project. She has studied marine mammals for over 30 years and is interested in habitat use, life history, behavior, and the effects of human activities on endangered and threatened aquatic species and their habitats.
Amy joined the CIBW Photo-ID Project in 2022 as an independent contractor. She has spent the last 20 years working on research projects involving threatened and endangered marine species and the last 13 years studying the ecology and biology of cetaceans. Prey and predator interactions, cetacean behavior, health, habitat use, life history, the indirect effects of climate variability in marine ecosystems, and human impacts on large and small cetaceans are a few of Amy's research interests.
Debbie is a photographer for CIBW Photo-ID Project and has been with the team since 2022. Having the opportunity to be a part of the preservation of this critically endangered population is what is near and dear to her heart. Photography is her passion and she is delighted to be able to combine her passion with her love of our Cook Inlet beluga whale population. Debbie majored in journalism, with an emphasis on photography, and is a lifelong Alaskan from Kenai.
Brian McGurgan and Kyoko Hada
Brian McGurgan and Kyoko Hada joined the CIBW Photo-ID Project in 2022 after contributing photos on a volunteer basis for several years. They share a love for wildlife and the outdoors. When not photographing belugas, Brian takes photos of and collects data on Alaska’s butterflies. Kyoko is a clinical social worker and Brian is an information technology professional.
Chandera Tolley started photographing beluga whales in 2018 and joined the CIBW Photo-ID Project team in 2023. Since moving to Alaska from Tennessee, she has supported CIBW outreach and research efforts by volunteering with a number of beluga-focused organizations. When not in the field, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her dogs.