Jonathan Green – Whale Shark Project Director

“In order to establish real conservation management, we need to amplify our research to coastal populations such as those found in Ecuador and Peru. FMME not only provides that platform but has already established the mechanism to carry out investigation and help implement management strategy”

Jonathan R. Green, Graduated in Geology and Physical Geography then began working as a naturalist and diver in 1988 in the Galapagos Islands with the Galapagos National Park Service. An early interest in Whale Sharks led to the founding of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project which he developed with Alex Hearn. Since 2011 yearly fieldwork has been carried out in a number of disciplines including satellite tagging of over 60 whale sharks, Photo ID, Laser Biometry, biopsy sampling for genetics and Stable Isotopes as well as plankton tows. Future work will include blood sampling and ultrasound exams to establish a possible pregnancy. The first extraordinary piece of data to emerge from the investigation was that over 99% of the individuals that pass through the study area at Darwin Arch are females, apparently in an advanced stage of pregnancy. When not underwater in the tropics he leads expeditions to both polar regions.