Burrows, J.A., Harvey, J.T., Newton, K.M., Croll, D.A., Benson, S.R. 2012. Marine mammal response to interannual variability in Monterey Bay, California. Marine Ecology Progress Series 461: 257-271.
Stanistreet, J. E., Nowacek, D. P., Read, A. J., Baumann-Pickering, S., Moors-Murphy, H. B., & Van Parijs, S. M. (2016). Effects of duty-cycled passive acoustic recordings on detecting the presence of beaked whales in the northwest Atlantic. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(1), EL31-37. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4955009
Stanistreet, J. E., Risch, D., & Van Parijs, S. M. (2013). Passive acoustic tracking of singing humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on a northwest Atlantic feeding ground. PLoS ONE, 8(4), e61263. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061263
I am a PhD Candidate in Marine Science & Conservation at the Duke University Marine Lab. I am generally interested in how ecology and evolution shape social behavior in marine mammals. My dissertation research examines how genetic and environmental factors interact to produce complex social behavior in bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia. I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and collaborate with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia on the genetics project through the NSF GROW program. I am additionally involved in research on ecotourism management in Shark Bay with the West Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Before starting at Duke I received a B.Sc. degree in Biology at Georgetown University, completing a thesis investigating the factors that contribute to variation in maternal care in bottlenose dolphins. I subsequently worked as a Research Associate for the Shark Bay Dolphin Project, conducting field work and maintaining the project’s shared database.
Karniski, C.B., Patterson, E.M., Kryzyszcyk, E., Foroughirad, V., Stanton, M.A. & J. Mann. 2015. A comparison of survey and focal follow methods for estimating individual activity budgets of cetaceans. Marine Mammal Science 31(3), 839-852. doi: 10.1111/mms.12198
Foroughirad, V. & J. Mann. 2013. Long-term impacts of fish provisioning on the behavior and survival of wild bottlenose dolphins. Biological Conservation 160, 242-249. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.01.001
I am currently pursuing a PhD in the University Program in Ecology at Duke. Previously, I completed a MS in Marine Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where I studied fin whale social behaviors. I have also worked on bottlenose dolphin social structure and assisted on a couple of behavioral studies of North Atlantic right whales.
Seth also holds two Masters’ degrees in Public Policy (environmental policy & human security) and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, and bachelors’ degrees in geography (biogeography & human geography), political science (with a focus on international security and the Middle East), and French from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He has also spent significant time living in France, England, South Korea, India, and the Caribbean, as well as traveling throughout the Middle East (Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, etc.) and studying Arabic in North Africa (Tunisia) with the U.S. Department of State. In his spare time, Seth plays soccer, scuba dives, plays frisbee, rides horses, works on photography, and obsessively reads the news.
“Climate science strategy of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Services.” 2016. Marine Policy. D. Shallin Busch, Roger Griffis, Jason Link, Karen Abrams, Jason Baker, Russell E. Brainard, Michael Ford, Jonathan A. Hare, Amber Himes-Cornell, Anne Hollowed, Nathan J. Mantua, Sam McClatchie, Michelle McClure, Mark W. Nelson, Kenric Osgood, Jay O. Peterson, Michael Rust, Vincent Saba, Michael F. Sigler, Seth Sykora-Bodie, Christopher Toole, Eric Thunberg, Robin S. Waples, Richard Merrick.<http://sethsykorabodie.weebly.com/uploads/4/0/9/8/40983859/climate_science_strategy_marine_policy.pdf>
“Assessment of known impacts of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on marine mammals: data gaps and recommendations.” 2016. Special Wildlife Issue of the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems. Courtney Smith, Seth Sykora-Bodie, Brian Bloodworth, Shalynn Pack, Trevor Spradlin, Nicole LeBoeuf.<http://sethsykorabodie.weebly.com/uploads/4/0/9/8/40983859/smith_et_al._2016_final.pdf>
“National Marine Fisheries Service Climate Science Strategy.” National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2015. Editors: Jason Link, Roger Griffis, Shallin Busch; Contributors: Karen Abrams, Jason Baker, Rusty Brainard, Michael Ford, Jon Hare, Amber Himes-Cornell, Anne Hollowed, Nate Mantua, Sam McClatchie, Michelle McClure, Mark Nelson, Kenric Osgood, Mike Rust, Vincent Saba, Mike Sigler, Seth Sykora-Bodie, Valerie Termini, Eric Thunberg, Chris Toole, Robin Waples. <http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/ecosystems/climate/documents/NCSS_Final.pdf> Strategy highlights available here:<http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/ecosystems/climate/documents/Climate_Science_Strategy_highlights_web-display.pdf>
“Taking Action : An Introduction to Climate Smart Marine Turtle Conservation and the ACT Adaptation Toolkit.” World Wildlife Fund. 2013. (with Marianne Fish and Shaun Martin)<http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/taking_action___adaptation_planning_guide_1.pdf>
“Biofuels investments in Tanzania: Policy options for sustainable business models.” 2012. *Journal of Environment and Development.* Dr. Nate Hultman, Sulle Emmanuel, Christopher Ramig and Seth Sykora-Bodie. <http://jed.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/30/1070496511435665>
Before beginning my studies at Duke I completed B.A. degrees in Biology and Psychology at St. Louis University and an M.Sc. degree at Illinois State University where I studied the behavioral ecology of invasive, container-dwelling mosquitos. I have also worked as a field biologist in the southwestern US and as a commercial fisheries observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service on longline vessels in Hawaii and trawl vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
Before coming to Duke I completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown College (KY) and a Masters of Research in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St Andrews (Scotland). My masters research focused on the foraging ecology of short-finned pilot whales using acoustic and movement recording tags (DTAGs). We used fine-scale metrics to characterize foraging behavior in a population of pilot whales that performs unique sprinting dives. After completing my masters I worked as a research assistant for the Sea Mammal Research Unit at St Andrews, where I used DTAGs to study echolocation behavior in a variety of species of cetaceans, from harbor porpoises to beaked whales. As part of these projects I analyzed and interpreted echograms, visual representations of echolocation clicks and the echoes returning from prey items, to determine the animal’s foraging success and make inferences about prey behavior.
Wisniewska, D.M., M. Johnson, J. Teilmann, L. R. Doñate, J. Shearer, S. Sveegaard, L. A. Miller, U. Siebert and P. T. Madsen. 2016. Ultra-high foraging rates of harbour porpoises make them vulnerable to anthropogenic disturbance. Current Biology 26:1441-1446.
I’m also interested in the differences between shallow and deep diving populations of the same species. Deep-diving cetaceans belonging to “offshore” ecotypes are very different behaviorally, morphometrically, and physiologically from their shallow-water counterparts. I hope to explore the natural history questions surrounding such adaptations, as well as increase our knowledge base to inform policy decisions surrounding offshore cetaceans.
Before beginning my PhD in Marine Science and Conservation, I obtained a BBA from the College of William and Mary, where I researched the impact of bycatch reduction devices on the recreational blue crab fishery, with the goal of reducing diamondback terrapin bycatch. I obtained a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. At Duke, I explored the overlap of prey species among short-finned pilot whales and several tuna species, as part of a study examining marine mammal bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries. I also conducted microplastic ingestion experiments with a local coral species; results suggest that taste may be an understudied driver of plastic ingestion in a number of phyla.
Prior to attending the Nicholas School, I worked as an editor at Oceana, where I wrote articles daily on climate change, fisheries policy, and seismic testing—and is undoubtedly where my fascination and concern with seismic testing began. I’ve also written for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Audubon Society, and the Huffington Post, and held several field positions monitoring shorebirds and nesting sea turtles.