Founder and Executive Director
Drew's passion is restoring our Puget Sound waters that are under tremendous stresses from pollutants, toxins, warming waters, micro-plastics and more. He is working for healthy underwater ecosystems and their delicate wildlife. His organization conducts underwater research, conservation, and educational outreach activities. His marine life training includes 5 years as a Life Sciences volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. The revolutionary and innovative scientific research program, Live Streaming Interactive Underwater Research is changing the way we explore our world for future generations. Connect with Made In Puget Sound about speaking to your group, company or school.
Sr. Scientific Advisor
Hello everyone! I'm a full-time student at the University of Washington, studying Marine Biology and Design. Aside from my studies, I'm a part-time freelance logo/lesson plan/print designer for various environmental organizations around the Puget Sound area, a Communications Fellow with Sustainability Ambassadors, and now, a member of Drew Collins' Stream Team for Puget Sound Underwater LIVE!
After graduating from the Seattle Aquarium's Youth Ocean Advocate program after 4 years of marine science interpretation in the Summer of 2021, I discovered that my true passion was telling stories and communicating information about the marine ecosystems and individuals I love. Communicating science comes in many different formats including public speaking, photography, film, design, and more (all things I love doing!). I hope to bring people of all ages one step closer to the critters just beneath their feet and inspire folks to engage in environmental advocacy/action at any level they are capable of. When I'm not on the boat with Drew and the Stream Team or studying on the UW Seattle campus, you can find me designing in my room, photographing local wildlife and landmarks, making videos/films of all kinds, or cuddling at home with my dog, Hiro.
As one of the top underwater photographers in the world, Brandon has traveled the world creating some of the most beautiful and stunning images for decades. As a Marine Biologist, Brandon brings a wealth of valuable resources to our organization. He is an accomplished author of the very important book REEF LIFE: A GUIDE TO TROPICAL MARINE LIFE.
Cindy Elliser Ph.D.
Dr. Cindy R. Elliser is the founder and Research Director of Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam), a research and education non-profit studying marine mammals in the Salish Sea based in Anacortes, WA. She received her B.S. (2000) and M.S. (2003) in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from FAU in 2010. She has spent over 20 years studying marine mammals, with her primary interests being behavioral ecology and social/community structure. For 10 years she worked with Dr. Denise Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas, and she currently collaborates with them as a Research Associate. In 2014 she moved to the Pacific Northwest and founded PacMam, whose current research focuses on photo-identification and behavioral ecology of harbor porpoises and harbor seals in the Salish Sea. She is the author of numerous publications in scientific journals, has presented at many international scientific conferences and is an associate professor at Skagit Valley College.
James Cosgrove, M.Sc.
A scuba diver for more than 53 years and a certified diving instructor since 1971, Jim has long been interested in the plants and animals of the ocean. An accomplished underwater photographer and videographer, Jim and his wife owned and operated J & J DIVERS, (1971 – 2003) a company devoted to assisting underwater image makers. They have been involved in numerous projects producing documentary television programs as well as scientific and popular articles about the Giant Pacific Octopus and other British Columbia marine life.
For 30 years Jim served as the Diving Safety Officer at the University of Victoria and is a founding member of the Canadian Association for Underwater Science. After obtaining a Bachelor and Master of Science degree (Marine Biology) Jim worked for 10 years in the Biology Department of a community college before moving, in 1987, to a new position at the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Jim retired as the Manager of the Natural History Section at the Royal British Columbia Museum in May 2007. Since retirement Jim has co-authored a book on the Giant Pacific Octopus. Jim now spends his summers as the Biologist/Trainer of a whale watching company and his winters traveling to warm water destinations. Jim resides in Victoria with his wife of 42 years.
Co-author of: Super Suckers: The Giant Pacific Octopus and Other Cephalopods of the Pacific Coast
Advisor - Marine Naturalist
Allan is a retired commercial fisherman and diver currently residing in East Sooke, British Columbia with over 40 years of experiential knowledge gained interacting with the Salish Sea and its inhabitants from both above and below the surface. Allan has an encyclopedic knowledge of our local marine flora and fauna with a special interest in wild salmon conservation and ecology. You can contact Allan or send any questions you might have regarding the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to Allan at email@example.com
Advisor - Photojournalist
Tom Reese is a photojournalist, artist and editor whose work has been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes and won accolades from World Press Photo, International Pictures of the Year and the United Nations. He is author of “Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish” by the University of Washington Press, which explores the complex relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world. The book focuses on the Duwamish River in Seattle, where he finds hope amid the grotesqueries of this mistreated tributary of Puget Sound. He lives in Seattle where he teaches and develops a variety of environmental and conservation projects.
UW Marine Biology Student - Crew
Hello, I am a senior at the University of Washington studying marine biology. I volunteered at the Seattle aquarium as a youth ocean advocate for 2 years. You will now find me cleaning beaches as the co-founder of the Coastal Resolution Project.
Marine Biology Student - Crew
Avery is currently a running start student at the Ocean Research College Academy in Everett, and has volunteered at the Seattle Aquarium for the past 3 years. He hopes to attend the UW next year to study marine biology. In his free time, Avery enjoys scuba diving and running!