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Postdoctoral Scholars

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.

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.