Jan is Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast and affiliate faculty at University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Jan has conducted research on humpback whales, with a focus on population dynamics, in Alaskan waters since 1979. She began a study of killer whale predation upon Steller sea lions in 2000 and in 2003 expanded her research focus to study sperm whale interactions with the longline fisheries. She is responsible for proposal writing and administration of several federal and state research grants. One of these grants brings Hawaiian students and faculty to join us each year to help connect the culture and resources that exist between Hawai’i and Alaska. Jan is a founding board member of Sitka Whalefest from 1997 to 2006 and is now the science director. Jan and Dr. Mike Castellini develop the program for the science symposium each year and discuss the overall theme for that year and are responsible for inviting the speakers each year for both the Scientist in the Schools program and the weekend symposium.