Caroline Casey – PhD Student
I am primarily interested in how marine mammals communicate with one another in different social contexts. I am presently a Master’s degree candidate in UCSC’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program, and am co-advised by Dr. Reichmuth and Dr. Dan Costa. I am conducting research on the acoustic, visual, and seismic signals used by male northern elephant seals during intense competitive interactions during the breeding season. This work will help us gain a better understanding of how intra-sexual communication is used in highly polygynous breeding systems. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UCSC, and have prior experience in conservation, restoration, and education. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Holser – PhD Student
Justine Jackson-Ricketts – PhD student
I am studying the diet, habitat, life history, and conservation of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in the Gulf of Thailand. I will be using stomach contents, stable isotopes, and statistical modeling to build a more complete picture of this rare and little-studied Southeast Asian marine and freshwater cetacean species. email@example.com
Sarah Kienle – PhD student
I am currently a MS student at San Diego State University working with Dr. Annalisa Berta on pinniped feeding morphology. I am broadly interested in the feeding ecology and evolution of feeding strategies in marine mammals. For my MS thesis I am investigating the comparative morphology and evolution of feeding strategies in all phocids (seals). In the fall (2013) I will be starting my PhD under Dr. Dan Costa and Dr. Rita Mehta at the University of California Santa Cruz. firstname.lastname@example.org