My research interests lie in marine conservation ecology and the use of sensory and behavioral ecology research to generate solutions to conservation questions and problems. My research focuses on the acoustic ecology of marine megafauna and the potential impacts of marine sound on their physiology and behavior.
Prior to my doctoral studies I worked for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network as a Research Scientist, where I developed a digital atlas of sea turtle nesting habitat for the Wider Caribbean Region for use by regional and global managers, researchers and conservationists (available online at OBIS-SEAMAP). I also obtained a Masters of Environmental Management (Coastal Environmental Management focus) from Duke University. My Master’s research focused on the spatial distributions of harbor and gray seals in the Gulf of Maine.
After finishing my PhD I completed the Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship) in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources.