Sophie Pierszalowski

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B.S. Biology and Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, 2010
Research/Career Interests: 

I am interested in using molecular genetics and demographics to investigate long-standing questions regarding the ecology and population structure of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the North Pacific. Specifically, I aim to integrate fine-scale genetic analyses with information regarding the movements and locations of individuals, combined with life history data, to investigate whether population sub-structure exists based on sex or habitat preference of humpback whales in Southeast Alaska.

Professional Preparation: 
Scientific Archivist: extracted statistics and summarized the Port Hobron whaling logbook, Baranov Museum, Kodiak, AK (2012). Report, Whaling at Port Hobron: Connecting Total Catches with Production.
Stable Isotope Lab Technician: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fairbanks, AK (2011, 2012)
Field research assistant: Gulf Apex Predator-Prey Project, Kodiak Fisheries Tech. Center, Kodiak, AK (2009, 2011, 2012)
Field research assistant: NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Ecosystems Program, St. Paul Island, AK (2011)
Genetics Lab Technician: NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Seattle, WA (2010-2011)
Teaching assistant: University of Washington, undergraduate marine mammalogy and conservation courses (2010)
Research assistant: The role of activity states and gender on swimming and diving parameters of Southern Resident killer whales, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA (2008, 2009)
Photo archivist: NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Lab, Seattle, WA (2008)
M.S. Student - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
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