Arina Favilla

 

 

PhD Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC

BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami

afavilla@ucsc.edu

 

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in how diving marine mammals are adapted to the marine environment and how they might be affected by anthropogenic disturbances and environmental change. My research will focus on the diving behavior and physiology of northern elephant seals. They are one of the most extreme divers among pinnipeds and the breeding colony at Año Nuevo provides a perfect field site. This work excites me because I am able to combine my love of fieldwork and childhood curiosity of marine fauna with my engineering background to study freely diving marine mammals using biologging techniques.

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