Jackie has enjoyed learning about marine biology for as long as she can remember, despite the fact that she spent the majority of her childhood in the deserts near Phoenix, AZ. To get a closer look at some water and marine science, Jackie did her undergraduate work out-of-state at the University of Washington in Seattle. There she studied Medical Anthropology and Global Health (BA) and Aquatic and Fishery Science (BS). She was lucky enough to get a summer internship with NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, and her undergraduate capstone thesis featured this research on eastern gray whale foraging ecology in Washington State.
Jackie joined the Vertebrate Ecology Lab in Fall 2012, and she is currently pursuing a thesis project on foraging ecology and habitat use of southern sea otters in Elkhorn Slough. For this project, she is collaborating with UCSC and USGS researchers from Santa Cruz, as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s SORAC volunteer program. You can find lab updates by Jackie on the MLML student blog “The Drop-in to Moss Landing”.