Julia Burrows
Research Assistant, Ph D Student

Julia Burrows is pursuing a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Julia earned a MS in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a BS in Zoology from the University of Florida. Her research interests include the ecology, behavior, and conservation of apex marine predators, such as marine mammals. She is interested in understanding how oceanographic and environmental variability influence the distribution of mid-trophic level prey species, and ultimately how these factors influence the abundance, distribution, and movements of top predators. For her dissertation research, Julia will document the effects of prey type, patch size, and density on the fine scale foraging behavior of large whales in both space and time. She hopes to gain insight into the role apex predators play in marine ecosystems so we can make informed decisions on how to best conserve and protect our marine resources. Julia’s ultimate goal is to earn a position in academia or with a government agency where she can impact management and conservation strategies through her research and work closely with students to help educate and inspire future generations of marine biologists.

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