Current PhD Students
Goldie Phillips is a third year doctoral student and Fulbright Science and Technology Fellow in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she graduated from Livingstone College, North Carolina as the Salutatorian and with a B.S. in Biology.
Her research interests include cetacean behavior and ecology and the effects of anthropogenic noise on these marine mammals.
Her dissertation research focuses on the use of passive acoustics for marine mammal conservation. Using bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) as a model species, she is examining passive acoustic applications to abundance estimation, habitat modeling and determining the effects of anthropogenic noise on communication signals.
Check out her website for her current project description:
I am 4th year PhD student in Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of then Environment at Duke University. Before beginning my PhD at Duke I earned a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Marquette University.
I use a combination of field studies and mathematical models to understand how behavior mediates physiological limits in deep diving whales.
Johnston, D.W., Bowers, M.T., Friedlaender, A.S., Lavigne, D.M. (2012). The effects of climate change on harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandicus). PLoS ONE 7(1): e29158. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029158.
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.
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Ecology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research interests are broadly focused on using passive acoustic monitoring techniques to study the acoustic communication and behavior of cetaceans. I am interested in applying these methods to better understand the distribution and abundance of cetacean species, particularly in areas critical for conservation and management.
I previously received a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to beginning graduate studies at Duke, I worked with the Protected Species Branch at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. I was involved in several passive acoustic monitoring projects investigating the effects of anthropogenic ocean noise on marine mammal communication, and operated a towed hydrophone array on shipboard cetacean abundance surveys in both the Atlantic and Pacific.
Stanistreet JE, Risch D, Van Parijs SM (2013). Passive Acoustic Tracking of Singing Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on a Northwest Atlantic Feeding Ground. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61263.
Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Doug Nowacek’s lab at the Duke University Marine Lab. She received a M.Sc. degree in biology in 2006 from Dalhousie University and a V.M.D. degree in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Rachel’s main research interests are in cetacean health, physiology, and conservation. Her Ph.D. research is focused on developing novel, non-invasive tools to assess the health of cetaceans at sea. Rachel is a recipient of a 2013 award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund.
R. M. Cassoff, S. E. Campana, and S. Myklevoll, (2007). Changes in baseline growth and maturation parameters of Northwest Atlantic porbeagle, Lamna nasus, following heavy exploitation. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1, 19-29.
R. M. Cassoff, K. M. Moore, W. A. McLellan, S. G. Barco, D. S. Rotstein, and M. J. Moore, (2011). Lethal entanglement in baleen whales. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 96: 3, 75–85.
R. M. Cassoff, K. M. Moore, W. A. McLellan, S. G. Barco, D. S. Rotstein, and M. J. Moore, (2010) Pathobiology of lethal entanglement in baleen whales. Paper IWC/A10/F16. Prepared for the International Whaling Commission Workshop on Welfare Issues Associated with the Entanglement of Large Whales. Kihei, Maui.