Meagan in Shark BayI am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Marine Science and Conservation Division of 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. During my time at Duke, I also carried out a field 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. After completing my Master’s Degree fieldwork, I 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 also conducted a laboratory study of the influence of predation risk on the diving behavior of red-eared slider turtles.