JIll Niederberger


Jill grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, California. She has an incredible respect for the ocean that was founded on family vacations to Baja California, and nurtured in the tide pools along the coast of Big Sur.

While getting her B.Sc. in Aquatic Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Jill focused her studies on the fish and invertebrate ecology of the kelp forests along the Southern California coast, as well as the impacts of climate change on coral reefs in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. She has worked in informal education positions for the majority of her adult life, including positions as an Aquarist for the university aquarium and Educational Programs Instructor at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Since graduating, Jill has obtained her 100-ton Master Captain’s license, working on eco-tourism vessels as both a Naturalist and Captain in Alaska and Hawai’i. As one who spends her entire year in “whale season”, she is the resident instructor of biology, ecology, and natural history for multiple eco-tourism companies in those areas.

Jill is passionate about science, conservation, and engaging with nature. When not on the water, she strives to be in it – whether as a research SCUBA diver, in a kayak, or just tidepooling along the coast. She now lives in Lahaina, Hawai’i, where she sails catamarans and volunteers with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and multiple cetacean field research projects.

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Jan 11, 2020
  • Jan 18, 2020
  • Jan 25, 2020
  • Feb 15, 2020
  • Feb 22, 2020
  • Feb 29, 2020
  • Dec 03, 2019
  • Dec 07, 2019
  • Nov 21, 2019

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