Dana Wright

I am a Marine Science and Conservation PhD student in Dr. Andy Read's lab. I am broadly interested in community ecology, metapopulations, and the conservation of zooplanktivores in the subArctic and Arctic. I am also interested in the utility of state-space models to unravel population structure. For my dissertation, I plan on exploring the population structure of the critically endangered eastern population of North Pacific right whale using a multidisciplinary approach of passive acoustic and stable isotope data.

Prior to beginning my graduate studies at Duke, I completed a B.S. in Marine and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Maine, Orono, followed by a M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. During my M.S. I studied fine-scale spatial variability in humpback whale diet around the Kodiak Archipelago of Alaska using bulk stable isotope values from humpback whale skin biopsies. Following which, I had a joint affiliation with the NOAA Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, WA, and the University of Washington JISAO program, where I explored spatial and temporal patterns in marine mammal presence in the Bering Sea and eastern Aleutian Islands using passive acoustic data.

Current Research Interests

Community ecology, metapopulations, marine mammal conservation, state-space models, Bayesian statistics, subArctic and Arctic ecosystems 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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