Nan Hauser is the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation. Her home base is in Rarotonga where she is the Principal Investigator of the Cook Islands Whale Research Project and Director of the Cook Islands Whale Research & Education Centre. She is currently a PhD candidate at Southern Cross University, Australia.
Nan is an Ambassador for Sustainable Seas Trust in South Africa: http://www.seacc.org.za and on the Board of Directors of Ajubatus Marine Mammal Rescue in Cape St. Francis, South Africa.
She has been named as an Earth Ambassador: www.earthambassadors.org
As Founder and Director of the New England Dolphin Outreach Project and CCRC she has taught on a global level for the Dolphin Research Center, The Whale Conservation Institute and other non-profit organizations. For many years Nan was involved with the Ocean Alliance's cetacean research expeditions aboard the R/V Odyssey.
As a Registered Nurse she teaches and practices medicine on Rarotonga and the outer islands.
Nan has served on the Board of the Gulf of Maine Aquarium, Chewonkie Environmental Foundation and the National Marine Educators Association.
Her other field research includes the Bahamas as a study site for beaked whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans including Mesoplodon densirostris, a rare beaked whale, of which she and her team captured the first quality underwater footage.
Nan has been satellite tagging humpback whales in the Cook Islands for the past couple of years with very interesting results leading to bigger questions about how whales migrate. She serves on the Executive Committee and as a scientific researcher for the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium and was a key player in the creation of a 2 million square kilometre whale sanctuary in the E.E.Z. of the Cook Islands. She has built a whale education centre in Rarotonga and teaches in the local schools.
Her children and grandchildren have all served as her research assistants over the years. Thank you Chris, Laura, Jody, Julie, Ali, Dylan, Moeroa, Tegan and Kai!