Hi! I'm a doctoral candidate in the biology department at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), supervised by Dr. Hal Whitehead. My research looks at how sperm whale dialects vary over space and time. I'm also interested in how sperm whales maintain distinct dialects in varying degrees of sympatry. In 2014, I received my B.Sc. in biological sciences and psychology with a minor in environmental science from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). I then spent two years participating in various internships, jobs, and field assistantships before being accepted into the M.Sc. program at Dalhousie University. In May 2017, I officially transferred to the Ph.D. program. My Ph. D. research is supported by an Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, the Dalhousie University President's Award, and the Carol Herd Greenisen Women in Science Memorial Fellowship.
MY PATH TO BIOACOUSTICS
Both during and after my B.Sc. degree, I held a number of different internships, jobs, and field assistantships at various organizations. These positions, which ranged from sea turtle rehabilitation to deep sea squid research, allowed me to gain technical experience in a wide variety of disciplines. My work with both the Cedar Key Dolphin Project (Crystal River, FL) and the San Antonio Model Bay Project (Las Grutas, Argentina) convinced me that cetacean acoustics was the field for me. Since joining the Whitehead Lab at Dalhousie University, I have been fortunate to participate in two additional cetacean field studies: the Northern Bottlenose Whale Project and the Dominica Sperm Whale Project.