Anna Knochel

Anna Knochel is a PhD student at the Marine Conservation Ecology Lab


Behavioral drivers of the ecological roles of marine megafauna.


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Anna graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. She attended King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia for her master’s degree. Her past research includes using microscopy techniques to visualize the spatial development of bacterial biofilms on marine plastic debris and using biotelemetry to describe the spatiotemporal distribution of manta rays in the Red Sea.

Upon graduating from her master’s program, Anna joined two NGOs dedicated to the research and conservation of manta rays and had the privilege of spending several months collecting data to describe a reef manta nursery ground in the Maldives. For her PhD, Anna is investigating the behavioral drivers of the ecological roles and importance of marine mammals and other large marine vertebrates, particularly on how these animals can affect habitat structure (bioturbation), or the foraging success of other predators, particularly seabirds and teleosts.


Since 2022

PhD student at FIU (Marine Conservation Ecology Lab)


Research intern with the Manta Trust; Volunteer researcher with Fundación Megafauna Marina de Ecuador

2019 - 2021

Master’s in Marine Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University