Shawn Hannah

Shawn Hannah

I recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in Biological Science concentrating in Marine Science and Conservation. During my undergraduate studies, I took part in research with tropical coral fish, range-size studies of temperate fish, male elephant seal population surveys and pathology of marine mammals. It was my time working at the Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) doing animal husbandry and rescue that solidified my desire to pursue work with wild marine mammals. When I began interning in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab at MLML, I had the opportunity to assist other students in a variety of projects. This included humpback whale identification, UCSC elephant seal monitoring, Risso’s dolphin vocalization and identification, as well as the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Through these experiences at MLML and TMMC I gained techniques and knowledge that will be useful during my graduate studies.

As of fall 2017, I have officially joined the Vertebrate Ecology Lab as a graduate student. Though my project is not finalized, I hope to study the physiology and pathology of pinnipeds around the Moss Landing area. Other interests of mine include anthropogenic effects on the ocean and organisms within it, climate change, and behavioral ecology.