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Paul Dabill

Project Specialist, Drone Operator

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Jessica

Research Assistant

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Graysen

Senior Research Assistant

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Chris

Skipper Research Vessel

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Dr. Stefan E Harzen

Considered a Renaissance Man by his friends, German born Dr. Stefan Harzen is an accomplished scientist, entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster, photographer, musician and explorer.

Raised in Germany, he spent a good portion of his life in Portugal before arriving in the U.S. Stefan has been studying dolphins since his early twenties, however, his interest and expertise have long expanded to include sustainability, experience tourism, hospitality, waste management and performance metrics. Stefan has used his wide range of knowledge and cross-cultural experiences to advise leaders on how to best prepare for the future. He taught at the business school at FAU, produced and hosted 373 live 90-minute radio shows about science, conservation and sustainability, wrote numerous papers, a book about dolphins, and a biography, entitled An Ocean of Inspiration – The John Olguin Story. His photographs are part of private collections, and he is widely recognized as a wonderful public speaker and storyteller who can captivate and excite an audience with his in-depth knowledge, sharp analysis, whit and creative thinking. A Fellow of the world-renowned Explorers Club in New York, he is included in the pages of Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives together with 120 other outstanding individuals, including Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, representing a Who’s Who of international exploration. Stefan is a founding Board member of the Foundation and acts as its CEO and Chair of the Board.

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Barbara Brunnick PhD

Dr. Barbara Brunnick has been involved in whale and dolphin research and conservation ever since her teenage years.

She was among the first to record the underwater sounds of killer whales in the wild, worked on the only successful capture-release program of two bottlenose dolphins, and conducted a groundbreaking study on Atlantic Spotted dolphins. She currently serves as the Director of the Palm Beach Dolphin Project of the Taras Oceanographic Foundation. Concurrently to continuing her dolphin studies, Dr. Brunnick developed a new generation of critical habitat maps that have a level of detail and accuracy not seen before, and change how we see the world. Barbara is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and co-led a Flag Expedition to the Bahamas in August 2008. Over the last 30 years, Barbara delivered more than a thousand lectures and speeches on whales, dolphins, mapmaking and marine conservation reaching countless people all over the world. She co-authored a book on bottlenose dolphins and, a biography about her first mentor, entitled An Ocean of Inspiration – The John Olguin Story. A Fellow of the world-renowned Explorers Club in New York, she is included in the pages of Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives together with 120 other outstanding individuals, including Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, representing a Who’s Who of international exploration. In recognition of her significant accomplishments in marine conservation, she received the ‘Blue Friend of the Year 2012’ award from the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, Florida. Barbara is a founding Board member of the Foundation and serves as its Research Director.

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Benoit Duverneuil

Benoit Duverneuil has a diverse background in business development, e-commerce, online marketing and social media, data analysis and strategy development.

He earned a degree in both Culture Administration and Internet and Development from the Université de Limoges, France.  While still pursuing his degrees, Benoit launched and managed a Technology Cluster dedicated to Web Design and e-Commerce. Currently, he works on web analytics, business intelligence and marketing automation in the automotive industry, while pursuing his passion as an explorer and digital archaeology specialist. He founded A.D.A.P, a research group specialized in non-invasive techniques (Aerial Digital Archaeology and Preservation). He is is a Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York, and the President of the Centre de la Francophonie de Floride et des Caraibes, a local organization dedicated to the promotion of French-speaking cultures. Benoit joined the Board of the Foundation in 2014 and serves as a Director for Technology, applying his personal experiences, expertise and creative talents to advance and grow the Foundation and its programs.

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Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander is a well-known, award-winning artist living in South Florida.

Best known for his marine life and ocean paintings, his commissioned works span a much larger spectrum of topics/themes. His oil paintings have been sold in numerous galleries, private collections and art shows all across the country. His airbrush artwork on cars, motorcycles and other objects is just as exceptional as are his murals; a dolphin-themed one can be seen at the Jupiter Pointe Marina facilities. Michael always loved the ocean and marine life and received his scuba certification at age 16. Dive trips to Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean inspired his artwork. In 1990, he moved to southeast Florida to live near the ocean and pursue his dream of being a full time marine life artist. Holding a degree in advertising and graphic design, Michael’s success as an artist allowed him to focus solely on art as his career. Michael joined the Board of the Foundation in 2014 and serves as a Director for Arts & Culture, applying his personal experiences and creative talents to the edutainment programs and the overall growth of the Foundation.

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Rhea J Kraft

Rhea Kraft is a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (EY) in Germany.

She provides financial audits and financial advisory services in Germany, Portugal and Brazil to big industrial clients in the oil and gas industry and E-commerce business, as well as to various start-ups. Currently, she focuses on improving nonfinancial reporting processes including the monitoring and steering of non-financial KPIs, supporting clients in digitization of non-financial data, and on Risk Managing and Monitoring (incl. digital solutions) along the supply chain. Rhea’s experience and expertise also comprises Climate Change and Sustainability Services. Concurrently to her work at Ernst &Young she has been pursuing a Masters in (Environmental) Sciences, which she is expected to complete in 2021. Rhea joined the Board of the Foundation in 2019 and applies her expertise and experience, especially as it relates to financial issues and sustainability, to advance the programs and the overall growth of the Foundation.

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