Dissertation Title: Manatee Behavioral Response to Approaching Boats
Dissertation Title: Using chemical tracers to evaluate feeding habits in coastal marine ecosystems: stable isotopes and organic contaminants
Rachel Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Florida State University. Her dissertation research focused on the development and application of stable isotope models combined with priority organic pollutant analyses to describe foodwebs, delineate foraging ranges, and identify potential prey items of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, Rachel was awarded a Department of Energy supported National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship to apply isotopic methods to understand processes related to the production, cycling, and emission of carbon from marine sediments. Specifically, her current research focuses on understanding the stability constraints of gas hydrates, a potentially large methane reservoir found in permafrost and in marine environments along continental margins.
Anna McGregor (Nousek)
Dissertation Title: The cost of locomotion in North Atlantic right whales Eubalaena glacialis
University Teacher, School of Life Sciences, University of Glascow
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Before beginning my doctoral studies at Duke I completed a MS in Biological Oceanography and a BS in Psychology at Florida State University. There I examined the distribution, abundance, and behavior of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, along the coastal waters of the northeast Gulf of Mexico. I also documented nonlinear phenomena in the vocalizations of North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, and killer whales, Orcinus orca.
My current research involves using a combination of data collected from digital acoustic recording tags (DTags) and traditional quantitative fisheries acoustics to examine the foraging ecology of humpback whales, Megaptera novangliae, in the Western Antarctic Peninsula. I am specifically interested in the behaviors and energetic costs associated with foraging and how these behaviors/costs are affected by prey patch size and structure. Please visit my personal website for more information:
Friedlaender, A. S., Tyson, R. B., Stimpert, A. K., Read, A. J., Nowacek, D. P. (In Press). Extreme diel variation in the feeding behavior of humpback whales along the Western Antarctic Peninsula during autumn. Marine Ecology Progress Series
Urian, K. W., Waples, D. M., Tyson, R. B., Williams Hodge, L. E., and Read, A. J. (In Press). Abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in estuarine and coastal waters of North Carolina, USA. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science.
Tyson, R. B., Friedlaender, A. S., Stimpert, A. K., Ware, C., and Nowacek, D. P. (2012). Synchronous mother and calf foraging behaviour in humpback whales Megaptera novaeangilae: insights from multi-sensor suction cup tags. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 457: 209-220.
Tyson, R. B., Nowacek, S. M., and Nowacek, D. P. (2011). Community structure and abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in coastal waters of the Northeast Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
Friedlaender, A. S., Nowacek, D. P., Johnston, D. W., Read, A. J., Tyson, R. B., Peavey, L., and Revelli, E. M. S. (2010). Multiple sightings of large groups of Arnoux’s beaked whales (Berardius arnouxii) in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica. Marine Mammal Science. 26(1): 246-250.
Tyson, R. B., Nowacek, D. P., and Miller, P. J. O. (2007). Nonlinear phenomena in the vocalizations of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) and killer whales (Orcinus orca). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 122(3): 1365-1373.
Gales, N., Bowers, M., Durban, J. W., Friedlaender, A. S., Nowacek, D. P., Pitman, R. L., Read, A. J., and Tyson, R. B. (2013). Advances in non-lethal research on Antarctic minke whales: biotelemertry, photo-identification and biopsy sampling. Report to the International Whaling Commission.