The American Cetacean Society engages in educational, conservational, and scientific pursuits for the purpose of expanding scientific knowledge of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related creatures. Services offered by the Monterey Bay Chapter include monthly meetings open to the public, featuring presentations about whales, dolphins and related aspects of the marine environment.

Proceeds from our events and fund-raising activities support marine mammal research, and the health of Monterey Bay, through graduate student research grants. If you would like more information on our grant history, or how to apply for a future grant, please email

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January ACS Virtual Online Meeting:

Thursday, January 27, 2022 

NEW TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

No cost to attend – Meeting Information Below


Science And Management Of

Endangered And Non-Endangered Cetaceans: Case

Studies Of Hawaiian Odontocetes

Robin Baird first began working with marine mammals in 1985. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from Simon Fraser University in 1994, focusing on foraging behavior of mammal-eating killer whales, and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada from 1996 to 1999, studying northern bottlenose whales and continuing work with killer whales.

For many years his research focused on marine mammals in British Columbia and Washington, but since graduate school he has also participated in odontocete studies in New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, North Carolina, Iceland, and Italy. Although he lives in Olympia, Washington, since 1999 his primary focus has been a multi-species, multi-question study of Hawaiian odontocetes.

Dr. Baird has authored or co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, two books (Killer Whales of the World published in 2002 and The Lives of Hawai‘i’s Dolphins and Whales, Natural History and Conservation, published in 2016 by the University of Hawai‘i Press) and a number of book chapters. Since 2003 he has worked as a Research Biologist with Cascadia Research Collective, and is also an Affiliate Faculty at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, Hawai‘i Pacific University, and Oregon State University, as well as an Editor of Endangered Species Research, and has been a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission since 2011.


Next month: Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 24 at 7 PM. Please save the date and join us!

Jan Meeting Information:

The link below will begin broadcasting between 6:45 and 7:00 pm on January 27. We are limited to 100 concurrent Zoom participants.  

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Meeting ID: 844 5395 4349

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