Vivienne Foroughirad


Surveying from jetty

PhD Student, Duke University, USA

I began working on the Shark Bay Dolphin Project as an undergraduate research assistant in 2008 and then never left! I am now a PhD student in the Marine Science and Conservation program at Duke University. My interests lie at the intersection of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology, and how these domains can be used to understand the development of ecotypes and intraspecies variation in delphinids. As part of my PhD research I am hoping both to study both the evolution of foraging strategies in bottlenose dolphins and social systems in short-finned pilot whales. I also hope to apply any knowledge gleaned from these projects to both the management of ecotourism programs and the designation of protected areas.

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