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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050
Ph.D Pathobiology, Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut 2014
M.A. Boston University Marine Program 2003
Certificate in Core Public Health UCONN/CT Department of Public Health 2011/2012
B.A. UC DAVIS 1999 Studio Art 1999
B.S. UC Davis 1999 Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology (Ecotoxicology)1999
Marine animal health, disease and pathology in marine animals, oceans and human Health, data management and database development, education and conservation, rebounding pinniped populations
Over the last 18 years, I have worked in several capacities to better understand the link between marine mammal and human health. My research is directed towards understanding and interpreting interdisciplinary aspects of ocean health. While my research objectives continue to focus on understanding baseline health, pathogen transmission and host susceptibility, interpreting and communicating these results to the public and for use in management and policy platforms is of great importance as well.
As an interdisciplinary community scientist, my collaborators include fishermen, veterinarians, engineers, marine mammal stranding organizations, social scientists, economists, NGOs, fishery and marine protected species managers, teachers, artists, and land owners and local residents.
The research I am involved with includes research on marine mammals as sentinels of ocean and human health, as well as research to address the often overlooked challenges of rebounding marine mammal populations in the context of health and ecosystem function. The goals of my research are to be able to provide the knowledge needed to mitigate human impact on marine species, understand risks of these impacts, facilitate effective collaborations, and raise awareness of ocean health and its connection to human health.
Chair, Northwest Atlantic Research Consortium (NASRC) nasrc.whoi.edu
Peaked Hill Land Trust Artist/Scientist in Residence 2018
Knoll Farm Better Selves Fellow 2018
Interdisciplinary Research and training Initiative on Coastal Ecosystems and Human Health
(I-RICH) Graduate Fellowship 2008-2011
Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellowship 2011-2012
Sounds Conservancy Grant/Queben Labrador Foundation 2002, 2010, 2013
Multicultural Fellowship Award UCONN 2011-2014
UCONN Department of Pathology and Veterinary Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2010 2011 2013