Olivia is a first year PhD student in the Biology and Society program on the Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment track. She is advised by Dr. Leah Gerber and is a member of the Conservation Innovation Lab. She studies the conservation and science policy, and is involved in projects examining the categorization of actions for Endangered Species Act recovery plans, the effect of climate change on Marine Protected Areas in the Galapagos, and the effects of ecotourism and whale-watching on whale behavior. She hopes to help bridge the gap between scientists and decision makers.
Prior to attending ASU, Olivia completed her Bacehlor of Science in Biology at The College of New Jersey. Her research thesis focused on social behavior of stickleback fish, for which she completed fieldwork in Alaska and participated in the Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience program. She also completed an Environmental Education and Animal Behvaior internship at the Philadelphia Zoo. Olivia is excited to expand on biology background and learn from the faculty and her fellow graduate students here at ASU.
B.S. Biology, The College of New Jersey, 2019