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William Taylor Gough
Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2017
BioThe margin between life and death is defined by an animal’s ability to navigate its environment and find food. For his PhD thesis work, Will Gough has been using biologging tags to study how locomotion and feeding kinematics scale with body size up to and including whales - the largest animals that have ever lived. Insights from this work will help us understand how these species move within and reacts to their local environment and give us a more complete picture of their physiology and energetic demands. As we move forward into the Anthropocene, these answers could help us develop more robust science-based policy to protect and conserve our ocean ecosystem.
Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2016
BioRichard Grewelle is a current PhD student motivated to understand ecological and evolutionary underpinnings of wildlife disease systems. Prior research areas involve bioinformatics, phylogenetics, and disease ecology. Although with previous experience in terrestrial diseases, including Y. pestis (plague), Richard pursues marine disease ecology due to the lack of knowledge surrounding systems we hardly encounter. Marine diseases present significant challenges to not only biologists; they may devastate fragile ecosystems supporting fisheries or providing ecological services. Richard works to bridge the gap between theoretical and empirical studies, employing population and genetic data to inform theoretical models of disease transmission. Despite the economic significance of this research, conservation of marine species and basic biological understanding are at its heart.