Franca Eichenberger

Postdoctoral Scholar

Office: (541) 867-0394

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I am a behavioural and molecular ecologist broadly interested in the evolution and function of animal behaviour, patterns of reproduction, and population dynamics. As a Ph.D student at the University of St Andrews (UK), I explored the complex reproductive tactics of male humpback whales through an integrative analysis of paternity, age, testosterone and genetic diversity. As a postdoctoral scholar at CCGL, I am investigating the fine-scale spatial-genetic structure, temporal stability and breeding ground affiliation of humpback whales along the North Pacific West Coast using an extensive database of DNA profiles collected over the last three decades.

Ph.D., Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Scotland (UK)
M.Sc., Department of Anthropology, Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland 
B.Sc., Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Affiliated with: 
Marine Mammal Institute
Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory (CCGL)
Hatfield Marine Science Center
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