PHD CETACEAN RESEARCHER, FRENCH POLYNESIA
A champion of the whales and dolphins of the South Pacific, Dr. Poole has spent most of his career studying and protecting these aquatic mammals in French Polynesia. After receiving his B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami and Masters in Biology from the California State University, Dr. Poole went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1995. Since then he has made discoveries about whale breeding stocks and migration routes, and published scholarly articles about the animals he studies, advocating for conservation programs in the South Pacific. As a result of Dr. Poole’s rigorous efforts, all of French Polynesia was declared a protected sanctuary for whales and dolphins. This accomplishment earned him a medal from the Ministry of environment and Tahiti Tourism. Dr. Poole has continued to advocate for education and awareness campaigns near his home on the French Polynesian island of Mo’orea.