Meagan in Shark BayI am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. For my dissertation research, I am interested in the effectiveness of marine reserves for pelagic predators, such as sharks, tuna, and billfish. I am also working on a field research project investigating the abundance and habitat use of bull sharks in the Neuse River Estuary.

Prior to beginning my doctoral studies at Duke, my Master’s Degree research focused on the spatio-temporal variation in dwarf sperm whale habitat use and group size off of Abaco Island in the Bahamas. I also conducted research in the seagrass ecosystem of Shark Bay, Western Australia to study the non-lethal effects of tiger sharks on multiple prey species (dolphins, marine turtles, dugongs, stingrays, cormorants, sea snakes). Additionally, I carried out research in the Florida Everglades to study factors driving the distribution of bull sharks. I am currently analyzing data from a laboratory experiment to study the influence of diving behavior under the risk of predation.