2018 Conference


This conference will focus on the future of whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation and the next generation of experts working to protect them.  

Activities will include: speaker sessions with world-renowned experts, book signings, whale film screening with the director, a poster session including a student research poster contest, student career workshop with scientists, a photography contest, a silent auction, vendor exhibits, and much more! We will also hold our traditional pre-conference all-day whale watching trip on Friday, November 2nd, and will venture out into the rich southern California waters between Catalina Island and Orange County



*register soon before the early-bird deadline on 9/22/2018 to receive a discount*
(Note: early-bird deadline has been extended)

Speakers & Special Guests

Bernd Würsig, Texas A&M University

Denise HerzingWild Dolphin Project

Ari FriedlaenderUniversity of California-Santa Cruz

Janet Mann, Georgetown University

Thomas JeffersonClymene Enterprises

Jeremy Goldbogen, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

Kate StaffordUniversity of Washington - Applied Physics Lab

John CalambokidisCascadia Research Collective

Joy ReidenbergIcahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Brandon SouthallSouthall Environmental Associates Inc, UCSC

Marc WebberGolden Gate Cetacean Research

Bill KeenerGolden Gate Cetacean Research

Brooke Bessesen, Naturalist, Author 

Shane GeroDominica Sperm Whale Project

Alisa Schulman-JanigerACS/LA Gray Whale Census

Tom MustillBBC Production

Ru MahoneyScience & Impact Producer

Ted Cheeseman, Happy Whale & Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris

Guiseppe Notarbartolo di SciaraTethys Research Institute, Italy

Dara OrbachDalhousie University

Sabena Siddiqui, American Cetacean Society

Heirs to our Oceans


 Draft Program Schedule (PDF)

* may be subject to change


Important Dates:

August 19th, 2018             Deadline for Submission of Abstracts for Poster Session
September 22, 2018          Early Bird Registration Closes


Ticket Prices


Whale Watch

Poster Session & Student Contest

Photography Contest

Silent Auction