John Calambokidis is a Senior Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research organization formed in 1979 and based in Olympia, Washington. Between 1991 and 2013, he periodically served as an Adjunct Faculty at the Evergreen State College, teaching a course on marine mammals. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans.
He has served as Project Director of over 100 projects, conducting studies on a variety of marine mammals throughout the North Pacific. He has authored two books on marine mammals (blue whales and a guide to marine mammals), as well as more than 150 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. He serves as Project Manager of the Southern California Behavioral Response Study and has directed long-term research on the status, movements, and underwater behavior of blue, humpback, and gray whales. Some of his recent research has included attaching tags to whales with suction cups to examine their feeding behavior and vocalizations.
His work has been covered on shows by National Geographic and others. In 2012 he received the American Cetacean Society's John Heyning Award for Lifetime Achievement in Marine Mammal Science.