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Graduates of the Thorne Lab

Stephanie Adamczak

Master of Science in Marine Science, 2018

A Comparison of Short- and Long-finned Pilot Whale Thermal Ecology Using External Morphometrics, 3D Modeling, and Dive Behavior

The first paper from Stephanie’s thesis was published in Frontiers in Marine Science and the second paper just came out in the Journal of Biogeography.

Currently, Stephanie is pursuing her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC with the Costa Lab. She will be contributing to the population consequences of disturbance (PCoD) framework by building Stochastic Dynamic Programming models for small cetaceans and outlining minimum body condition thresholds for marine mammals. Her primary research interests focus on understanding the intersection between marine mammal behavior, reproductive success, and survival.

Julia Donaton

Master of Science in Marine Science, 2017

Diet analysis of loggerhead sea turtle diet in New York waters

Check out Julia’s paper “Long-term changes in loggerhead sea turtle diet indicate shifts in the benthic community associated with warming temperatures” in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Matthew Fuirst

Master of Science in Marine Science, 2018

A Comparison of Herring Gull Foraging Ecology and Microbiome Along an Urban Gradient

Matt’s thesis research was published in PLOS one in December

Matt is currently beginning the second year of his PhD in Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph with the Norris Lab. He is primarily working with the long-term population study on Canada jays in Algonquin Provincial Park where he is integrating demographic and radio-telemetry data to better understand how climatic conditions are influencing reproductive success and dispersal movements.


Julia Stepanuk

Master of Science in Marine Science, 2017

Spatiotemporal patterns of short-finned pilot whale and pelagic longline distribution in the Northwest Atlantic: An assessment to inform the management of fisheries bycatch

Julia published her MS research in Fisheries Research in 2018

Julia completed her Master’s at SoMAS in 2017 and continues to be a member of the Thorne Lab, now as a PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. Julia’s dissertation focuses on rorqual distributions and foraging behavior in the Northeast US.