Theresa Keates



Ph.D. Student, Ocean Sciences Department

M.S. Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

B.S. Biology, Western Washington University



Research Interests

My current research focuses on oceanographic data collected from electronic tags mounted on to migrating northern elephant seals to help us understand biological and physical processes occurring out at sea and the animals’ relationship to their marine environment. I am particularly interested in using fluorometer tags to measure chlorophyll content in the water the elephant seals travel through. I am investigating a) how chlorophyll measurements from the tags compare to data derived from satellites, b) how subsurface chlorophyll measurements from diving seals give a more detailed picture than surface-scanning satellites, and c) how differing chlorophyll concentrations relate to areas where elephant seals find prey.


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