Janet encourages our talented and hard-working staff and board members as we work to Protect What We Love. She studies the intersection of science, economics, education, and law with environmental protection. Janet says, “To thrive, our community must be deeply rooted in its care of our natural world.”
Janet loves the connections that the Friends of the San Juans have with people and with nature. Our staff identifies and works to protect forage fish spawning beaches that are essential for the survival of salmon and orca whales. Our work in policy and law helps protect orca and salmon. We work to educate young people about environmental challenges and inspire them to act.
Janet is especially passionate about how the Friends’ work ripples outwards to positively affect other parts of the Salish Sea. Our work with diverse environmental groups and tribal nations helps protect what we love in the San Juan Islands.
Janet loves learning and transforming knowledge into action. For example, encouraging people to use less energy will help protect salmon and orcas by decreasing oil shipping. This will reduce the risk of oil spills, underwater noise, and ships directly injuring whales.
Janet spent 27 years as a research biologist at the University of California, Berkeley before retiring to Orcas Island in 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Janet lives on Orcas with a wonderful house cat named Marina. She enjoys long walks with pauses to notice our ever-changing natural world, especially the tiny plants and creatures, such as mosses, wildflowers, and bumble bees.
She loves searching the internet for rays of hope – such as advances in renewable energy production and storage.
“The mission of the Friends of the San Juans, To Protect What You Love, deeply resonates with me,” says Janet.