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Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center
Kathleen McDuell - Senior Marine Naturalist
Hometown:North Cape May, NJ
Education: Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Rider College; Graduate Work at Rutgers University
Experience:Anchors the staff as our most veteran employee of 24 years with her vast experience and with her sheer number of hours spent on the water; Known for her signature whale sighting call “Thar she blows;” The McDuell family is one of the original Cape May families and Kathy brings that pioneering spirit and history to the Research Center; Raised in the boating and boatyard business she brings her own brand of “can do” personality to the American Star with a priority for safety; She is the crown jewel of our operation; Her keen ability for spotting spouts can’t be outdone; Over 29 years of teaching experience; Whale Sense Certified
Matthew Remuzzi - Captain
Hometown:Hazlet, NJ
Education: Bachelor of Science in Marine Geology, Stockton University
Experience:USCG 100 Ton Master Captain of the American Star; Marine Naturalist & Educator on Twilight/American Star for 5 years; Principal member of team for development & supervision of CMWW&RC Intern Program; 7th field season participating in the collection of data for our Cape May Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue; Serves as a liaison to Whale Dolphin Conservation as well as Whale Sense; Member of team that developed Clean Ocean Initiative (Marine Debris Awareness Program); Participated in field work studying carbonate formations in the Florida Keys for two field seasons; Whale Sense Certified.
Melissa Laurino - Director of Internship Program / Marine Naturalist
Hometown:Linden, NJ
Education: Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Minor in Jazz Performance, Stockton University; currently pursuing Master of Science in Data Science, Stockton University.
Experience:Fish trawling and identification/sorting with Rutgers Marine Science Field Station; Stream monitoring for pollutant tolerant and intolerant invertebrates; Diamondback Terrapin rescue, rehabilitation, and release (Stockton University & Wetland’s Institute Joint Project); Completed coursework in Ornithology; Interned with CMWW&RC doing field work for Cape May Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue and led direct teaching opportunities with students; Marine Naturalist & Educator on the American Star for 5 years; Director of our Internship and Research Program; Curator of our Cape May Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue; Pioneering CMWW&RC Sperm Whale Catalog and Citizen Dolphin Project; Member of team that developed Clean Ocean Initiative (Marine Debris Awareness Program) and enlisted other local water recreations to adopt Clean Ocean Initiative; SEAMAMMS 2017 Poster Presentation Spinal Deformities and other Field Observed Pathologies and development of health assessment for Cape May dolphin population; PADI Diver and Nitrox certified; Whale Sense Certified.
Michael Denk - Marine Naturalist
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Kansas State University; currently pursuing D.V.M., Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Experience:Stream fish temperature related niche analysis; Teacher's assistant for zoology and special anatomy courses for marine mammals, Aquarium osteological specimen identification, Intern for CMWW&RC for 3 years, Pioneering CMWW&RC Sperm Whale Catalog and Citizen Dolphin Project, Marine mammal osteology identification, recipient of James H. Burt Memorial Scholarship in Anatomy; Independent coursework of odontocete head morphology; Marine mammal osteological preparation; SEAMAMMS 2017 poster presentation Spinal Deformities and other Field Observed Pathologies and development of health assessment for Cape May dolphin population; Whale Sense certified.
Jennifer Long - Operations Manager / Marine Naturalist
Hometown:Downingtown, PA
Education: Bachelor of Science in Geo-Environmental Studies, Shippensburg University; Masters of Science in Geo-Environmental Studies with a focus on earth/space science and environmental education; currently pursuing Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Rowan University
Experience:Awarded William B. McIlwaine Science Teaching Award by PSTA; Graduate Research article on outdoor education published in PSTA; Awarded McLane Contribution Foundation Grant of $26,000 to utilized towards science education programs; Science Field Supervisor for STEAM student teachers and Astronomy instructor at Rowan University; Earth and Space/Geology Instructor at Stockton University; Previous Environmental Education Director at Upper Main Line YMCA developing and managing STEM environmental education outreach programs, school group programs, preschool and youth classes, and summer nature camps for ages 2-18; Instrumental in developing and expanding programs relating to marine flora and fauna with the CMWW&RC, programs that allow students and community members the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge on animal classification, plankton studies, and the whale and dolphin identification; Developed and supervised school programs that consist of multiple hands-on stations that take place on the boat that relate to marine mammals, invertebrates, water characteristics, navigations tools and techniques, whale and dolphin cataloguing, and plankton sampling; Whale Sense Certified.
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*Our guarantee applies if no marine mammals are sighted. In the event that no marine mammals are sighted, we offer another trip. Subject to space availability.
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