PhD Student and Team member
Jo completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Durham University in the UK, with special interest in animal physiology and disease. During her second summer as an undergraduate she volunteered for an Italian cetacean research and conservation organisation, Tethys, and decided then that she wanted to apply her interests more specifically to marine mammal research. After her undergraduate degree she completed a Masters of Research in Marine Mammal Science at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St Andrews, UK, and continued working as part of the Tethys field team. After completing her masters she then worked as a research assistant for Prof Ailsa Hall at SMRU for 3 years, working on various projects for the International Whaling Commission, the National Environmental Research Council and the Scottish Government. Jo first came to MICS in 2012 and 2013 before starting her PhD at SMRU with Prof Ailsa Hall and Prof Patrick Miller in collaboration with MICS to investigate biomarkers of body condition, physiological state and pregnancy status in blubber biopsies. Jo will be back at MICS again for the summer 2017 field season with a team from SMRU to continue data collection for her PhD project, and for a larger project investigating the behavioural ecology of cetaceans in terms of the relationship of body condition with behaviour and reproductive status, with a focus on the humpback whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence.