Administrator of multi-tiered projects with proven deliverables. McCulloch's broad experience extends well beyond rescue and rehabilitative care to business development, legislative affairs, media relations, grant writing, and shouldering the fiduciary responsibility for multi-million dollar projects. A hands-on program director, he provides outstanding presentation, communication, and cross-cultural team management skills.
Skilled in the design, management, and operations of specialized marine mammal laboratories, sea-pen facilities, rehabilitation centers, and life support systems, including mil-spec transport systems used to recover, treat, and safely transport sick or injured marine mammals. His deep knowledge of marine species behavior and welfare greatly facilitates his ability to design, construct, and maintain specialized marine environments and enrichment programs.
PHOTOGRAPHY and film
An award-winning photographer and contributor to the Oscar and Emmy award-winning documentaries The Cove and PBS Changing Seas. He provided technical support in the feature films Dolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2 and Dolphin Man: The Legend of Jacques Mayol, which won four international film festival awards in 2018. In 1997, McCulloch was sponsored by Canon USA to help pioneer use of the world's first digital camera for field applications involving photo-identification studies of wild dolphins. In 2015, he was the first to film utilizing drones during a dolphin health assessment as a learning, teaching, and safety tool.
rescuE AND REHABILITATION
McCulloch is authorized by NOAA Fisheries to conduct scientific research and has led and executed more than forty high-risk multi-agency open-water interventions to safely rescue, evaluate, and treat entangled and out-of-habitat cetaceans. He is also a skilled offshore boat pilot and navigator whose efforts have earned him awards and recognition from the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
McCulloch has two decades of experience as a NOAA Fisheries co-investigator with authorization to conduct marine mammal population and acoustic surveys of dolphins and critically endangered North Atlantic Right whales. Since 2003, and with a focus on ocean and human health, Steve has led fourteen complex dolphin health and environmental risk assessments requiring management and logistical coordination of more than one hundred support staff. These activities involve ongoing collaborations with world-class scientists from around the globe.
In 1997, McCulloch co-founded a multi-disciplinary marine mammal research and conservation program at the renowned Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution where he served with distinction for seventeen years. There he spearheaded an initiative to create legacy legislation and passage of three Florida State laws and the Florida Oceans Initiative. To date, he has helped raised more than seventy million dollars for marine conservation.