Jim Dines has worked at the Natural History Museum since 2000. After receiving a B.S. in biology from Loyola Marymount University he pursued advanced studies in mammalogy at Humboldt State University. Dines is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Southern California. As collections manager he oversees the day-to-day operation of the Museum's Mammalogy Department. His interests include biogeography, care of systematic collections, and the evolution of Cetacea. Dines currently serves on the Marine Mammal Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists.
A lifelong resident of Southern California, David Janiger worked as a commercial fisherman before coming to the Museum in the mid-1980s. Janiger initially worked as a preparator in the Exhibits Department, later becoming a curatorial assistant in the Mammalogy Department. In his current position Janiger is primarily responsible for responding to marine mammal strandings and curatorial work relating to the Museum marine mammal collections. Janiger has an interest in scientific libraries and maintains a bibliographic database of marine mammal literature.