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Assistant Professor of Biology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe O'Connell lab studies how genetic and environmental factors contribute to biological diversity and adaptation. We are particularly interested in understanding (1) how behavior evolves through changes in brain function and (2) how animal physiology evolves through repurposing existing cellular components.
Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2017
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on the behavior of highly-mobile (and often marine) species. This work includes study of animal behavior on individual and population scales, as well as the environmental drivers of these behaviors. I am particularly interested in human-wildlife interactions resulting from highly-mobile animal behavior and dynamic management strategies tailored to mediate these interactions.