MEMBERS OF
THE POD

POD

MEMBERS.

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Erica Wirth

Founder & Host

Erica founded this project in September of 2019 after spending a summer working as a naturalist in the San Juans where she deepened her passion for Orcas. Erica has always loved marine mammals and began working in the field when she was fourteen. She graduated from Eckerd College with a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Psychology in 2018 and is now operating out of Monterey, California. 

Liam Doucet

Regular Contributor

Liam is a college

 student from Portland, Oregon who loves dogs and uses Instagram as a platform for advocacy. He is passionate about protecting the Southern Residents and educating people on the impact of the Lower Snake River Dams.

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Peaches

Executive Interr(pup)ter 

Peaches works interrupting the episodes with various barks and grumbles. She received a degree in Barking and being a Nuisance from Eckerd College in 2018 at the age of three. She is proud to be using her degree today. While most of her contributions are useless, we would like to recognize her efforts.  

Interns

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Kendra 

Social Media Manager and Regular Contibuter  

 

Kendra grew up in Arizona and fell in love with marine life at a young age at aquariums. From then she knew she wanted to be a marine biologist. She moved to Hawai’i to pursue in a degree in marine science where she began freediving and assisting on research projects at her university. 

Monica O'Reilly 

Campaign/Education & Website Management

Monica graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Zoology, concentrating in Animal Behavior & Neurobiology in 2019. She is now pursuing a master's in Political Science specializing in Environmental Policy & Politics and Public Policy & Administration. Her goal is to aid in  bridging the gap between science and policy through collaboration and education. 

Jake Rider 

Cultural Resources 

 

Jake Rider is a senior at Eckerd College, with a dual major in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science. He is originally from Upstate New York and is acting as the Cultural Research Intern focusing his study on the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest.

Important Individu(whales)  

We are fortunate to have several individuals breach for the stars, going above and beyond with their contributions. Special thanks to: 

Aloise Ca 

Aloise, is an avid activist who is passionate about the environment and film.  She has helped with marketing, feedback & new ideas. 

Rosemary Connellie

Rosemary is a conservation artist who uses her talents to bridge the gap between art and science. She designed the logo used on all of our multi-media platforms.

Gloria Pancrazi 

Gloria is one of the leaders for the March for the Dams and producer of the upcoming film Coextinction. She has helped with cultivating new ideas and community outreach. 

Fabiola Sepulveda Tostado 

Fabiola is a senior with an Animal Studies and Visual Arts double major at Eckerd College. She has helped manage Breaching Extinction's social media and has created art to post.