Patrick Munley | Undergraduate Assistant

I am a second-year biology major on a pre-dental track with the end goal of becoming an endodontist. Having grown up in Hawaii and spent a good number of my high school years on a surfboard, I have always had great respect for the ocean and its many inhabitants and have been increasingly troubled by the mounting anthropogenic threats they face. A chance listen to an interview on National Public Radio with Dr. Friedlaender allowed me to realize that scientific research could be exhilarating, encompass the wider world and allow me to contribute, in some small way, to a field I am deeply passionate about: the conservation of marine mammals. My research interests include understanding how anthropogenic disturbances, like the Navy's use of underwater sonar as well as warming waters, affect the migratory and feeding patterns of cetaceans.