Clara Bird

PhD Student, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
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B.S. Biology, Duke University, 2018
B.S. Environmental Science, Duke University, 2018
Research/Career Interests: 

I am broadly interested in spatial ecology and remote sensing. Specifically, I want to study how habitat use by marine mammals has changed over time and could change in response to changing habitat conditions. I am interested in using behavioral ecology to investigate this question. For my research I will be using drone footage to study the behavioral ecology of the gray whale Pacific Coast Feeding Group (PCFG). I am interested in studying how patterns of behavior differ seasonally and how habitat types differ between whales of different body condition and sex. My goal is to gain insight into what factors may affect gray whale behavior in their foraging habitat so that we can better understand how they are being affected by a changing environment.

Honors and Awards: 
2018 Marine Science and Conservation Award, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 
"Seasonal Gulf of Maine CDOM Variability as Determined by Satellites and Ships" at Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR (February, 2018)
Professional Preparation: 
Research Assistant/GIS Technician: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, Duke University, 2018-2019.
Undergraduate Researcher: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, Duke University, 2017-2018.
NSF Research Intern – REU Program, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, Boothbay, ME. 2018.
Affiliated with: 
Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory (GEMM Lab)
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Marine Mammal Institute
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