Arianna Torello | Ph.D. Candidate

Ocean Sciences UC Santa Cruz


  • B.Sc. in Environmental Science with a concentration in ecology and natural resources and a minor in Marine Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016-2020
  • M.Sc. Student, Ethology and Acoustics, Université Jean Monnet Saint Etienne, 2023-Current
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz, 2021-Current


I am keenly fascinated by global change ecology and the many relationships that exist within and throughout marine ecosystems. As part of a collaborative NSF Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project based in the Western Antarctic Peninsula at Palmer Station, my work uses bioacoustics, biotelemetry and sUAS techniques to understand the behavioral and acoustic ecology of baleen whales in the region, and how these characteristics are changing with the perturbations that are coming with a rapidly changing climate.

My overarching goal is to further my education in a way that provides me with the tools to effectively share my knowledge and excitement for marine mammal ecology with a diverse and inclusive audience. I am passionate about learning, and equally passionate about sharing what I learn and creating opportunities for others to become involved in conservation research – particularly those from communities that have been historically excluded in the STEM fields (including students of color, womxn, students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and students with dis-/differing abilities). As a queer, non-binary person, I feel a strong sense of urgency to solidify space in academia that recognizes, respects, and truly celebrates our individualities and uniqueness in a community-driven setting. I am committed to using my own privileges in life and academia to afford minoritized students the pathway into STEM they have always deserved and had a right to but have not always had access or been justly supported.



Thank you for your interest in our lab's research! At this time, I do not personally have the ability to offer paid opportunities for work under my supervision. And because I do believe folks should be equitably compensated for their contributions, I am not soliciting any positions for unpaid work, either. Though groups in our field may posit unpaid or "volunteer" opportunities to eager early career researchers, I implore folks to advocate for their worth and the inherent value of their labor. Our labor deserves to be compensated!

If you are an undergraduate student at UCSC, other avenues I recommend working with Dr. Friedlaender to explore include: applying for funding for undergraduate research (info here), pursuing a work-study position (info here), seeking "Independent Study" course credit in exchange for your work as a student in our lab (info here and here), and/or developing a senior thesis (info here).



University of California, Santa Cruz
Ocean Sciences Department
115 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060