I am a biologist studying animal behavior, welfare, and conservation. I earned my Ph.D. in August 2018 from Georgetown University working with the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project under the guidance of Dr. Janet Mann. My dissertation examined social and behavioral responses to environmental stressors in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay, Australia.
I am interested in how animals behaviorally respond to various stressors (both natural and anthropogenic), especially in the marine environment. I hope to work at the intersection of science, policy, and advocacy in order to use science to inform conservation and animal welfare policies. I have over a decade of experience in animal behavior research, fieldwork, data science, and statistics.
PhD in Biology, 2018
ScB in Biology, 2010
Madison L. Miketa, Eric M. Patterson, Ewa Krzyszczyk, Megan M. Wallen, Kathy Murray, Michael Rule, Bart Huntley, Cindy Bessey, and Janet Mann
Madison L. Miketa, Margaret A. Stanton, Vivienne Foroughirad, Céline H. Frère, Alexis Levengood, Janet Mann
Postdoctoral Scientist. 2018 - 2019.
Wildlife Policy Intern. 2018.
PhD Student. 2013-2018. Dolphin behavioral ecology and conservation
Research Intern. 2012. Large shark movement patterns
Research Assistant. 2011-2012. Hormones, olfactory cues, and female dominance in lemurs
Field Assistant. 2011. Humpback whale behavioral responses to seismic surveys
Research Assistant. 2011. Primate numerical cognition (Duke Lemur Center & Cayo Santiago)
Research Intern. 2010. Pinniped cognition and the impacts of noise
Honors Thesis Research. 2009-2010. Biogeographical patterns in sharks
Research Assistant. 2009-2010. Impacts of PCBs on Zebrafish development and behavior
Research Assistant. 2009. Ontogeny and passive acoustic monitoring of sharks
Research Associate. 2008. Geomagnetic navigation in Loggerhead sea turtles
Animal Rescue Team. 2019 - Present.
District Leader. 2018 - Present. District Leader for North Carolina’s 6th congressional district.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer. 2014 - 2017. Assisted with the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife.