B.Sc. in Zoology. University of Texas at Austin (2002)
M.Sc. in Marine Biology. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (2005)
Ph.D. in Zoology. University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2010)
Postdoc: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (2011)
Postdoc: Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, Washington (2012-2013)
B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. University of Michigan (2006)
Ph.D. in Biology. Stanford University (2014)
Research focus: Megan brings together elements of morphology, hydrodynamics, inertial and video sensor technology to quantify the mechanics and energetics of this iconic behavior. Megan is also interested in bio-inspired design, and applying engineering techniques to biological systems including computational fluid dynamics. Megan was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research In Collections to study the hydrodynamics of baleen filtration.
B.Sc. in Pyschobiology. University of California – Los Angeles (2009)
M.B.A. in General Management. California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (2010)
M.Sc. in Biology, San Diego State University (2014)
Research focus: Will’s research interests lie at the intersection between behavior, morphology and evolution. He uses quantitative techniques from engineering and statistics to answer questions about biomechanics, physiology, behavioral ecology and morphological evolution. Will is also interested in bio-inspired design, startups, and taking an integrative approach to biology and its business applications.
B.Sc. in Mathematics. Brown University (2002)
M.A. in Education. Stanford University (2005)
M.Sc. in Oceans and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University (2014)
Research focus: Dave is interested in studying predator-prey dynamics and ecosystem-level ecology using both passive acoustic monitoring and active acoustic survey techniques. His M.Sc. thesis was on the detection and ecology of acoustic scattering layers in the Gulf of California [Link].
Cordelia is interested in internal waves and the effects of shoaling hypoxic waters in our changing world. She is also passionate about visual media as a means to inspire ocean activism and conservation. At Hopkins, she is assisting in an interdisciplinary project between the Goldbogen, Micheli, and Bailenson labs. Using GoPros mounted on the 360Heros platform, the group aims to stitch together virtual reality footage and explore how an immersive experience in changing environmental conditions affects how people perceive climate change and “underwater weather.” Paired with time series data from the Kelp Forest Array in Monterey, the study can quantify the visual changes in terms of real-time physical oceanographic data, such as pH and dissolved oxygen.
Dana Ritchie is a Product Design Engineer with a background in Marine Science. At Santa Monica High School, she competed for four years in the National Ocean Science Bowl, in which her team placed 3rd and 5th during her junior and senior years. Within the Goldbogen Lab she researches whale biomechanics, and is focused on developing solutions to mechanical issues with the lab’s data collection tagging devices. Sylvia Earle is one of her biggest inspirations, and Dana attributes her passion for science communication and outreach to having met “Her Deepness” twice as a budding engineer. While Dana is fascinated with blue whales, she was especially inspired by Ms. Earle’s response to the question about her own favorite animal: “I’m quite fond of people”.
Amalia Saladrigas is a pre-veterinary student who is especially interested in marine mammals. In the Goldbogen Lab, she is researching the hydrodynamic mechanisms of baleen filtration and how varying baleen morphology plays a role in the prey capture efficiency of different mysticete species. Amalia is also interested in scientific journalism as a means of engaging and involving a broader, non-scientific audience.