Laura Ganley - Naturalist
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in zoology, Laura began working for the Whale Center of New England as a summer naturalist on whale watch boats in 2005. During this time she would also spend her winters flying in small planes looking for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, first on the calving grounds off the coast of Georgia for Wildlife Trust, then in Cape Cod Bay for the Center for Coastal Studies. In 2010 she began working at the Center for Coastal Studies full time as the flight coordinator for the Right Whale Research Program during the winter, and working with the Humpback Whale Program and the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team in the summer. While working at CCS she worked on multiple humpback whale tagging projects, assisted in disentangling whales and sea turtles from fishing gear, and documenting right whales during the winter months. Recently, she left CCS to begin a Masters degree in Biology at UMass, Boston. Her thesis will look at social drivers influencing right whale distribution, and will utilize the data collected during her time at the Center for Coastal Studies. In addition to whale watching this summer, Laura will be flying aerial surveys north of the Arctic Circle for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in order to document marine mammals in areas that are of interest for oil exploration.