Dawn Barlow

Graduate Research Assistant
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B.S. Organismal Biology, Pitzer College, 2016
B.A. Environmental Policy, Pitzer College, 2016
Research/Career Interests: 

I am interested in the ecology and conservation of marine mammals, specifically how anthropogenic activity impacts marine mammals and the ecosystems they are part of. My masters research will focus on habitat and space-use analysis of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) in New Zealand’s South Taranaki Bight (STB) region. The STB was recently established to be an important foraging ground for endangered blue whales. However, it is also a region heavily used by industry, with active oil and gas extraction, seismic surveying, shipping traffic, and proposed seafloor mining. The goals of my masters project are to A) use photo-identification analysis to obtain a population abundance estimate for blue whales in the region, B) investigate blue whale residency and distribution patterns, and C) develop a comprehensive habitat use model incorporating physical and biological data associated with blue whale presence. Through investigating the spatial and temporal presence of blue whales in this industrial area, we hope to provide the necessary information for implementing effective conservation and management efforts for these whales and the STB ecosystem.

I am a graduate research assistant under the advisement of Dr. Leigh Torres in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory.
Professional Preparation: 
Instructor: FW 251 Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Oregon State University, 2018
Instructor: FW 303 Survey of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources, Oregon State University, 2017-2018
Teaching Assistant: BIOL 169 Marine Ecology, Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Claremont, California. 2015–2016.
Research Assistant: Humpback Whale Acoustics Project, Alaska Whale Foundation, Frederick Sound, Alaska. 2015.
Research Assistant: Marine Ecology Lab, Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Claremont California. 2013–2015.
Research Assistant: Ecology and Social Structure of the Southern Australian Bottlenose Dolphin in Adelaide’s Metropolitan Waters, Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution Laboratory, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. 2014.
Intern: Steven Morgan Lab, University of California Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. 2013.
Intern: MPAtlas Project, Marine Conservation Institute. 2012.
Intern: Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies (ACCESS) project, PRBO Conservation Science, Petaluma, California. 2011–2012.
Affiliated with: 
Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory (GEMM Lab)
M.S. Student - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
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