Director/Chair: Frank Eckler

Dunsborough area based Frank Eckler has extensive experience in supporting natural and environmental activities in Germany.  An Economics graduate, he became interested in the whale migration through Geographe Bay while holidaying in Western Australia’s South West.  He has been a volunteer whale monitor since 2016, and has become more active supporting whale research since moving permanently to Australia in 2019 and initiated GMR.

Director/Treasurer: Rodney Peterson

Bunbury based businessman Rodney is a South West local, brought up in Harvey.  He has been visiting the Naturaliste region for most of his life and is a passionate supporter of programmes to research and protect whales.  He has been a volunteer whale monitor at Point Picquet for many years. Rodney also has been involved the leadership of local sporting club groups as part of his commitment to the South West community.

Director/Research: Chris Burton

Dunsborough based Chris Burton is a University of Western Australia Science Graduate, with post graduate studies in Natural Resource Management at Curtin University, Perth.  He is Director of Western Whale Research (WWR), and has been involved in cetacean research in Western Australia since 1985. 

Chris has conducted vessel based research over several decades to collect behavioural, acoustic, photo-id, and data on Humpback, Southern right and Blue whales.  He began a land-based research project in 2003 to monitor whales in Geographe Bay. The following year, Chris partnered with Ron Glencross from Dunsborough Coast and Landcare (D-CALC) to involve local volunteers in whale monitoring.  

Chris has designed and coordinated aerial surveys for Blue whales from Rottnest Island to Cape Naturaliste and for Humpback whales in Shark Bay.  He has provided marine fauna observer services to industry for 15 years, collecting behavioural and spatial data on cetaceans in Australian and International waters.  Chris also has participated in three international marine mammal research programmes in the Southern Ocean and Heard Island, and has contributed advice to State and Federal Government Departments on Marine Parks and bio-regions in Australian waters.

Director/Information Technology: Ian Wiese

Dunsborough based Ian is a retired IT developer with more than 50 years of industry experience, including programming, systems design, database design, engineering simulation and SCADA systems involving instrumentation, communications and real time software.  He has worked with the Western Australian Water Corporation developing IT systems and managing projects.  Ian also has successfully completed international consulting assignments in Abu Dhabi, London and Calgary. 

Since retiring to Dunsborough, he has developed a keen interest in cetaceans in Geographe Bay, utilising his IT experience to assist with research.  Ian is currently developing a Lidar based system for small drones for photogrammetry of whales.

Director/Company Secretary: Tim Humphry

Perth based Tim Humphry is a Civil Engineer with extensive board management experience over 30 years in public, private and not for profit companies. He was a Director of Clough Engineering Limited.  Tim also brings to GMR extensive project management and governance skills.  He has owned a holiday home in Eagle Bay for nearly 25 years, and is a volunteer for Western Whale Research and its whale monitoring programme at Point Picquet.

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