Welcome to our first edition of Member Spotlight! We will be featuring one member per month who exemplifies what it means to be a Green Spacer.
Our first blog post features member Tory, who works as an Ambassador one day per week for our space and spends the rest of her office hours studying whale tails.
Read on to learn more about the awesome work she is doing!
What is Happy Whale?
We track humpback whales by crowdsourcing photos of the bottom of their tails. We have a photo ID software that works much like facial recognition software that can ID the whale based off the pattern on its tail. It makes this sort of research a lot less expensive and more engaging for the general public.
My boss, Ted Cheeseman, started Happy Whale as a PhD project because he used to work in eco-tourism and saw the potential of crowdsourcing images from all over the world in order to provide inexpensive data for science. It took off so much in California that he decided to build it into a Public Benefit Corporation rather than doing it as a PhD.
What does your role as Data Manager at Happy Whale entail?
I'm the only full-time employee who is not a developer. I manage the images and data that are submitted by researchers, naturalists and whale watchers. We match new images against our existing known individuals and then we track the whales once identified.
I also interact with our contributors and encourage others to submit their images.
Why did Happy Whale want to be a Greenspaces member?
We love that Greenspaces has an emphasis on sustainability and the community seems really tight knit and relaxed.
How long have you been at Greenspaces?
Since March 2017
Why is being a green business important to you?
As an environmental scientist, sustainability is key. I love working for company with such green values, and also being around other companies that share those values as well.
What are some of the things you do to be green?
I eat very little meat, avoid single use plastics and recycle and compost what I can’t reuse.
What’s your favorite 90s jam?
“No Scrubs” by TLC.
When you’re not working what are you doing?
Traveling, hiking, yoga, reading or listening to true crime podcasts.
If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Rosemary Sourdough Saison from Cannonball Creek Brewery in Golden.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A round-the-world plane ticket.