Meagan Jones has been leading whale research and education programs in Hawaii for over twenty years. Her commitment to bridging marine science with education and conservation programs around whales and their natural environment helped lead to the founding of Whale Trust Maui, where she now serves as the executive director. For the last 20 years, Meagan has worked in and between these two disciplines, leading and working on cetacean research programs in Hawaii, Australia, Africa, Alaska, Canada and in the South Pacific, while creating and developing marine education and interpretation programs for schoolchildren, college students, naturalists, and the general public. In 1997, Meagan was honored with a national award from the National Marine Educator’s Association for her work in marine education. Her research focuses on the natural behavior and communication of whales, especially as it relates to reproduction. In addition to her work with Whale Trust Maui, she is currently working with the University of Hawaii Maui College to help develop four-year degree opportunities in the marine sciences.