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Postdoctoral Scholars

Nicholas Carey

I am a postdoc in the Goldbogen lab at Hopkins Marine Station studying biomechanics and energetics in filter feeding fish. Our research uses a range of approaches, including respirometry, swim tunnels and hi-speed video to examine energy use and kinematics in sardines and anchovies. These forage fish, which are vital important components of the Monterey Bay ecosystem, switch between different feeding modes with different energetic requirements depending on the food source available. Of particular interest, they ram filter feed, that is swim with their mouths open filtering particulate food (...)

Aaron Carlisle

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University working on the trophic and spatial ecology of marine and estuarine fishes, in particular elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays). My research interests are broadly focused on how the abiotic and biotic environment and organismal biology interact to influence the behavior, distribution, and ecology of species, and how these interactions impact their population dynamics, life history strategies and ecosystem roles. I believe that it is important to not only address fundamental questions in biology and ecology, but (...)
Phone: (831) 655-6237
Aaron Carlisle - Research Overview

Robin Elahi

In general, I study how and why marine communities and populations vary in space and time. Most recently, I have focused on biodiversity and body size change in response to local human impacts and ocean warming. In the Micheli lab, I am studying trawl fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, with the goal of optimizing the placement of a large marine protected area in the context of economic and conservation goals.

Elena Finkbeiner

My research explores how social-ecological systems can anticipate, respond, and adapt to change, and seeks to identify governance approaches that can achieve both environmental sustainability and human well-being. I use small-scale fisheries as a model system for studying these processes, drawing from interdisciplinary science and a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including surveys, interviews, analysis of official fisheries catch data, and game theory experiments.

Megan Jensen

Baleen whales include the largest animals that currently and historically have ever lived on Earth. These whales filter-feed on small-bodied prey using baleen plates rather than teeth. These plates are made of keratin (like fingernails) tubules, which fray on the inside and create a dense fibrous mat of bristles, or fringe. Baleen plates are arranged in “racks”, which line the inside of the animal’s mouth on each side. The morphology of both the baleen plates and bristles vary between species.Baleen whales present a classic conundrum in biology: the largest animals on earth support themselves (...)

Benyamin Rosental

Phone: (831) 655-6244

Paolo Segre

Maneuverability is critical to survival and plays an important role in prey capture, predator avoidance, and territorial disputes. I am interested in the fluid dynamics, kinematics, and ecological correlates of maneuvering performance across a range of animals. My PhD research focused on quantifying and comparing the acrobatic maneuvers of tropical hummingbirds in Central and South America. At Hopkins Marine Station I am applying similar engineering principles to the study of maneuvering performance in free ranging rorqual whales.

Luke Thomas

I am primarily interested in applying high-throughput sequencing technologies to explore mechanisms of ecosystem resilience to climate change. I have a background in population genetics and have worked on a variety of organisms from sponges to fish. My research has taken me from California to Indonesia, New Zealand and Western Australia. I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Palumbi Lab, where I am spearheading an NSF funded project using transcriptomics to explore the recovery of reef-building corals in the National Park of American Samoa to the 2015 bleaching event.