Marine Mammal Ecology Lab
seals lounging on a log

Current MSc Students

Grace Freeman displaying a bag of apples

Grace Freeman

(2019-present) Foraging ecology of individual harbor seals.

Grace will study the foraging ecology of individual harbor seals in Whatcom Creek, downtown Bellingham, WA. Specifically, she will examine the potential occurrence and foraging success of rogue individuals consuming salmonids in the creek.

Bobbie Buzzell standing on a rock overlooking an island in Bellingham Bay

Bobbie Buzzell

(2019-present) Diet of river otters.

In collaboration with former graduate student Adrianne Akmajian (Ecologist of the Makah Tribe), Bobbie will describe the diet of river otters (Lontra canadensis) to estimate the extent to which they consume invasive European green crabs (Carcinus maenas) in the lower Wa’atch and Tsoo-Yess Rivers, Washington State. Funded through Adrianne by Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International and by North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee.

Kathleen McKeegan

Kathleen McKeegan in Antarctica

(2020-present) Cooperative hunting behavior and social networking of harbor seals.

Kathleen will determine if harbor seals hunt cooperatively and have prefered hunting associates as they forage on returning adult salmonids in Whatcom Creek, Bellingham, Washington State.

Zoë Lewis

Zöe Lewis in the Pacific Crest Trail

(2020-present) Pinniped consumption of salmonids along the Olympic coast, Washington State.

Co-advised with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz.

In collaboration with former graduate student Adrianne Akmajian (Ecologist of the Makah Tribe), Zoë will estimate the impact of seals and sea lions preying on returning adult salmonids as they enter the Salish Sea. Funded by Washington Sea Grant.