TEGAN MORTIMER – My name is Tegan and I am a marine biologist from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up sailing with my family on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and later raced one design dinghies for my high school team. Nowadays I spend more of my time on diesel, rather than wind, powered vessels heading offshore as a researcher and educator on board commercial whale watches.
As a biologist I am interested in how the physical and biological environment impacts and influences animal populations. In 2014 I started a study looking at the distribution of debris, mainly plastics, in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary so that we can better understand the degree of risk to the whales that feed in this area every summer. eXXpedition is an amazing opportunity for me to learn more about marine debris research and bring both that knowledge and the story of this incredible adventure back home with me.