Meet the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team
Learn more about the dedicated individuals who make up the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team.
"For me, the best part of this job is stepping back and seeing how much progress we have made. Our release rate for mass stranded cetaceans has increased from 14 percent to over 60 percent! Our volunteers are the most amazing people I have ever met."
Katie Moore is IFAW’s Manager for Marine Mammal Rescue & Research program. She directs operations and management of the Rescue & Research team dedicated to promoting the conservation of marine mammal species (dolphins, whales, porpoises, and seals) and their habitat by improving response and humane care to stranded marine mammals, advancing stranding science, and promoting public awareness through education.
Katie dedicates her time to all aspects of the stranding program: stranding response, research, education, and conservation. Her research projects currently include mass stranding prevention and the investigation of the hearing ranges of stranded cetaceans. She has been involved in stranding response efforts since 1994, starting first as a volunteer before serving as the National Marine Fisheries Service Area Representative for the Stranding Network in North Carolina. During her tenure at NMFS, Katie also served as a beach-based, at sea and aerial survey observer. She has served as the On-site Coordinator for Unusual Mortality Events.
Assistant Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator
"What I love about my job is that your whole day can change in an instant, and that I get to work alongside such dedicated staff and volunteers. You face some tough challenges rescuing animals - but our team experience is always a positive one."
C.T. is our Assistant Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, 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
Marine Mammal Stranding Technician
"It is a great pleasure to work beside so many passionate people. The volunteers are some of the most warm-hearted, outstanding people that I have ever known."
Jane Hoppe is our Marine Mammal Stranding Technician, 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.
"The MMRR staff support each other through thick and thin, do incredible work and always keep me laughing. Our dedicated volunteers are amazing - they give so much of their time and energy to the work that we do."
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’s primary role is as the Necropsy Coordinator, 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.