Misty Niemeyer joined the IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue & Research (IFAW MMRR) team as a staff member in 2008. However, she is not new to the stranding team, as she had been a volunteer with IFAW (known previously as the Cape Cod Stranding Network, CCSN) since 2004, assisting mainly with necropsies and the Education Team.
While Misty is part of the team that provides response for all stranded marine mammals on Cape Cod and the south coast, Misty’s primary role is as the Necropsy Coordinator.
Her primary responsibilities are to coordinate and conduct necropsies on dead marine mammals that strand within the IFAW MMRR region, to try to determine how the animals died as well as manage the large amount samples and data collected from each necropsy. Additionally, Misty gets to fulfill her interest in teaching by coordinating our Outreach Program and being an active part of our training team which has included local and international trainings.
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 Hawaiian working with Hawaiian Monk Seals.
Misty is originally from southern California and received her degree in Biology with a marine emphasis in 2002 from Humboldt State University where she first began studying marine mammals including gray whales and harbor seals off the coast of Northern California.