Dr. Michelle Caputo

Dr. Michelle Caputo is a joint affiliated postdoctoral scientist at FIU and Rhodes University in South Africa


Conservation of endangered coastal dolphins and understanding the trophic ecology of marine megafauna.


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Dr. Caputo completed her PhD at Rhodes University focusing her doctoral research on the population and trophic ecology of coastal dolphins off a remote stretch of coast in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Her current research includes investigating the conservation status of endangered coastal dolphins in the waters off Nosy Be, Madagascar and understanding the trophic ecology of marine megafauna in a variety of systems. Her broad research goal is to use both field and laboratory based methods to better understand the ecological roles of marine megafauna.


Since 2019

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in marine mammal ecology at Rhodes University and FIU

2014 - 2019

PhD student in marine biology at Rhodes University, South Africa

2008 - 2010

Master’s in biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

2004 - 2008

Bachelor’s in environmental science at Carleton University, Canada