Alisa Schulman-Janiger

Co-founder & Lead Research Biologist

Alisa Schulman-Janiger has been photo-identifying California killer whales, archiving sightings, and studying distribution, natural history, and behavior since 1979 – and co-authored the 1997 Photo-ID Catalog for Killer Whales of California and Western Mexico. She is a Research Associate with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and is Director and Coordinator of the full-season shore-based ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project (Pt. Vicente) which she founded in 1984: spotting, tracking, and recording gray whales and other cetaceans with citizen scientists. She has been an instructor for Cabrillo Whalewatch program naturalists since the 1980s. She was head marine biologist/educator on LAUSD’s Sea Education Afloat Program boats (10 years), and taught marine biology in San Pedro High School’s Marine Science Magnet (21 years). Her B.S is in Zoology, emphasis on marine biology.

  • Alisa is on NOAA’s Stranding Response Team and Large Whale Entanglement Response Team.
  • She is an onboard naturalist/researcher in southern California, and has been a naturalist/researcher in Monterey Bay, Alaska, Massachusetts, and Baja California, and a NOAA cruise staff scientist/marine mammal observer from Alaska to California
  • She has authored/co-authored many scientific papers on cetaceans, and has been featured in several nature documentaries.