About Us

The California Ocean Alliance is a non-profit collaboration of scientists, educators, and conservationists committed to the understanding and protection of whales locally and globally. We have extensive collective experience working within non-profit, academic, and corporate organizations, and we support a holistic approach to whale conservation that is based on local engagement and action.

The California Ocean Alliance


Senior Leadership

Brandon southall

Brandon is President of Southall Environmental Associates (SEA), Inc., a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke University. His work includes research on the hearing, behavior and effects of noise on marine mammals as well as the translation of these studies into noise exposure criteria, regulatory policies, and public understanding and appreciation of these issues.


Caroline Casey

Caroline has combined research and education in California over the past decade, and has developed a strong sense of devotion to making science both accessible and fun for everyone. Her approach to reaching students is through hands-on educational opportunities, and believes that students learn best when they develop a deep connection and responsibility towards the ocean.

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Kristin Southall

Kristin has been an Associate Scientist for Southall Environmental Associates (SEA), Inc since 2009 and a SEA BOD member and a Chief Operating Officer since 2011. Her own research includes studies of the visual acuity of deep-diving marine mammals and RNA crystallography studies at UCSC and at NASA Ames Research Center in Palo Alto, CA. She values the opportunity to educate and inspire her community to protect our ocean’s future.


Ari Friedlaender

Ari is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. His research interests are in using tag technology to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals. Having made over 25 trips to the Antarctic, Ari has developed a long-term ecological research program that has led to many important discoveries about whales. 

Robert Mazurek

Robert has spent the last two decades leading national and international efforts to strengthen marine policy and ocean governance.  He has forged alliances with decision-makers and stakeholders to create marine reserves, combat illegal fishing, and improve sustainable fisheries management.  Robert’s work has led to the creation of some of the largest marine reserves in the world including Australia’s Coral Sea Marine National Park, Chile’s Easter Island Marine Reserve, and the U.K.’s Pitcairn Island Marine Reserve.  He currently is the Senior Program Officer for the Secure Fisheries program, at the One Earth Future Foundation.  Secure Fisheries works around the world to strengthen fisheries governance, end illegal fishing, and promote sustainable fisheries that foster lasting economic and food security in fragile and post-conflict environments.



Jeremy goldbogen

Jeremy is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University’s, Hopkins Marine Station. He studies the feeding behavior and ecology of large whales using advanced integrated sensor technologies. His research provides both fine-scale scientific measurements and compelling visualizations showing how the largest animals on earth make a living. 


John Calambokidis

John is a Senior Research Biologist with a Cascadia Research Collective, a nonprofit scientific research organization he founded in 1979. He directs Cascadia’s long-term studies and photo-ID effort on humpback, blue, and gray whales that tracks populations along the US West Coast, including employing new tag technologies to better understand their behavior and the impacts of human activities.