Howard received his degree in Sociology from Colorado College in 1980, and began working with the Center for Whale Research in 1981.
In 1996 Garrett wrote Orcas In Our Midst, a booklet oriented toward middle-school students. Volume 2 of Orcas In Our Midst was published in 2005. Volume 3, Residents and Transients – How Did That Happen? was published in 2011.
Garrett also wrote the entry under "Animal Culture" for the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005) and a chapter about the rescue of the solitary orca A73 (Springer), in Between Species.
He co-founded Orca Network in November 2001 with Susan Berta.
Note:Photo by Sandy Dubpernell