Our lab has developed a variety of research projects around the world to improve our understanding of the ecology, behavior and conservation issues of marine mammals and other large marine megafauna (sea turtles and elasmobranchs) across the globe. We focus our work on investigating how ocean ecosystems affect the ecology and behavior of marine megafauna. Using a variety of methods and approaches, we study how these species use habitats and resources, but also how these animals can, in turn, affect community and ecosystem dynamics (top-down and bottom-up effects).
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In addition, behavior is a major area of our research, and we study how the environmental drivers and changes shape the sociality and community dynamics of cetaceans (whales and dolphins). A number of our projects also focus on applied conservation, where we study how human activities (e.g. fisheries, climate change) affect marine mammals and other megafauna, and how mitigating these threats using low-cost approaches and methods. Most of our work currently focuses on addressing bycatch issues in fisheries, and how marine mammals compete with fisheries for resources.