Meet the MMRR Team
Brian directs operations and management of the team, dedicated to improving response and humane care to stranded marine mammals, advancing stranding science, and promoting public awareness through education.
Brian has been involved with marine wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for a variety of organizations. He has led, or participated in, numerous cetacean and pinniped stranding responses, as well as disentanglement responses for more than 40 large whales and 35 endangered sea turtles (as a US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) permitted Level 5 responder, Brian is one of less than 10 people authorized to disentangle all whale species, including the endangered North Atlantic right whale, within US waters).
In addition to IFAW, Brian has also worked as Rescue Operations Coordinator, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, USA, Field Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, USA and Animal Care Specialist, Sea World of Florida, USA.
Kristen coordinates responses to stranded marine mammals. She manages field teams and stranding sites, as well as training and managing staff, coordinating volunteers, and presenting training lectures and outreach. She performs exams, triage, supportive care, diagnostics, animal transport, and post-mortem examinations.
Previously, Kristen was program manager at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, overseeing all aspects of the center. She directed program goals and coordinated daily activities, as well as ensured compliance with regulatory agencies and maintained permits. Kristen began her career with the New England Aquarium, where she first served as a volunteer and later as an animal care technician. She has worked with a variety of marine mammal and sea turtle species in both field and rehabilitation settings.
Misty Niemeyer joined IFAW on staff in October 2008 but had been a volunteer with the team (known previously as the Cape Cod Stranding Network, CCSN) since 2004. Misty is responsible for conducting necropsies – an animal autopsy – to determine how the animal died as well as manage the large amount of samples and data collected from each necropsy. Additionally, Misty gets to fulfill her interest in public education by coordinating our outreach program.
Prior to working with IFAW, Misty worked for NOAA Fisheries Service in Woods Hole for five years studying right whales as an aerial survey and ship board observer. She also worked as a right whale observer in Georgia and Florida, as well as a field biologist in Hawaii working with Hawaiian Monk Seals
Assistant Stranding Coordinator
C.T. is responsible for providing a fast and efficient response to stranded mammals in the Cape Cod region and throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Amongst his work, CT performs diagnostic necropsies (animal autopsies) on dead marine mammals to determine cause of stranding, aids in live animal/mass stranding response and triage, coordinates the seal disentanglement and internship programs, and maintains vehicle, vessel, and gear upkeep.
Before joining our team, C.T. worked for three years in the Stranding Response Program at the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, VA. CT. He is currently a part-time graduate student in Biological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.
Jane M. Hoppe
Assistant Stranding Coordinator
Jane is responsible for providing marine mammal stranding response to the Cape Cod region and southeastern Massachusetts, animal handling, assessment and medical care and performing necropsies to help determine the cause(s) of death and/or stranding. Jane is also responsible for stranding preparedness, including equipment and supply ordering, restocking and maintenance, managing our Volunteer Program and educating the public about marine mammals and their life history.
Before joining us, Jane was an intern with the Marine Animal Lifeline in Portland, ME, an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals.
Kathryn provides care for live stranded marine mammals and investigates dead stranded animals. She develops sample collection protocols, maintains sample inventory and submits samples for analysis, as well as assists with necropsies to determine state of health and cause of death for stranded marine mammals.
Kathryn has also worked for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in its Advanced Imaging & Visualization Laboratory, as well as for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, where she was marine educator.