Jane's responsibilities include providing marine mammal stranding response to Cape Cod 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 specifically responsible for stranding preparedness, managing IFAW MMRR’s Volunteer Program, maintaining the Clinical Care Program, data entry and editing, protocol creation and maintenance, and educating the public in regards to marine mammals and their life history. Her primary interest involves improving animal welfare during stranding response, particularly in regards to the treatment and handling of pregnant cetaceans, to reduce their stress during and increase their chances of survival following a stranding event.
Prior to IFAW, Jane gained valuable marine mammal experience in 2002 as an intern with the Marine Animal Lifeline in Portland, Maine, an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals. Upon graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from Saint Anselm College, Jane was accepted into an internship with the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. The internship was within the aquarium's Rescue and Rehabilitation Department, where, upon completion of her internship, she remained a volunteer captain for over three years, dedicating over 1,000 hours of her time to the organization and its efforts.