Explore research projects by the Marine Conservation Ecology Lab

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).

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.

Behavioral ecology of whales and dolphins

Global

Ecology, behavior and conservation of whale sharks in Madagascar

Nosy Be Island

Addressing and mitigating marine megafauna bycatch

Global

Ecology and conservation of reef manta rays in Mayotte

Mozambique Channel

Trophic interactions and behavior of Bryde’s whales and other cetaceans

Gulf of Mexico

Conflicts between marine mammals and fisheries in the northwest Atlantic

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France

Impact of environmental changes on coastal dolphins

Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida

Developing new behavioral tags for small cetaceans

Florida and Western Indian Ocean

Ecological importance of sea turtles in coastal marine ecosystems

Caribbean Sea and Madagascar

Ecology and conservation of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins in northwestern Madagascar

Nosy Be Island

Ecological roles and importance of marine mammals in aquatic ecosystems

Global

Artisanal and aboriginal whaling in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Caribbean Sea