Marine Mammal Ecology Lab
seals lounging on a log

Current MSc Students

Alexandrea Otto

Alexandrea Otto on a research vessel

(2022-present) Genetic similarity in harbor seal haul-out sites.

Alexandrea will determine based on DNA collected from harbor seal scat the degree of genetic similarity among haul-out sites in the Salish Sea relative to distance.

Victoria Vinecke

Victoria Vinecke in the forest

(2022-present) Factors influencing hatchery salmon conservation.

Victoria will collect eDNA from Whatcom Creek in Bellingham, WA, to genetically identify harbor seal sex ratios, other marine species present in the water, and potential pathogens that could facilitate salmon population decline.