Craig Matkin has conducted research on marine mammals in southern Alaska since 1977, and received his M.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1980. Since 1982, he has worked as executive director of the North Gulf Oceanic Society based out of Homer, Alaska. He has studied marine mammals across southeast Alaska, through the Aleutian Islands, and the Bering Sea. He loves both the beauty and vitality of Alaskan waters, specifically Prince William Sound. Craig is especially bonded with the killer whales that roam the waters of the Sound, which he has studied extensively since the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.