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Greg O'Corry-Crowe, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor
Marilyn Mazzoil, Senior Research Associate
Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb, Research Biologist
Sarah Bechdel Rodgers, Research Biologist
Elisabeth Howells, Research Biologist
Elizabeth Hartel, Research Biologist
Dr. Heidi Págan – Postdoctoral Fellow, Genomics
Tatiana Ferrer, Graduate Assistant
To conduct scientific research on marine apex predators that contributes to our understanding of their ecology, behavior and evolution, and assists in the effective management of these species and conservation of their habitats.
To focus on comparative studies in Polar, Temperate and Tropical systems
To focus on long-term population studies of marked individuals that enable us to:
o Investigate individual fitness in changing ecosystems
o Determine the ecological and adaptive significance of marine mammal behaviors
o Identify management units, assess risk and estimate population viability
To use marine top predators, including marine mammals, as platforms for ocean observing and exploration.
To develop and apply an array of research techniques and tools that will facilitate the integration of research on upper trophic levels with ecosystem-wide studies. Methods include: molecular genetics, photo-ID, telemetry, acoustics.
To develop a research environment that promotes the highest standards of graduate and post-doctoral research, emphasizes publication and promotes collaborations with other research groups/partners.
To develop educational tools that provides up to date information on, and promotes interest in, research and conservation issues relating to marine mammals and other apex predators to undergraduate, high school and elementary school students.
Marine Mammal Genetics