Michelle Modest

PhD Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2017-present

Imperial College London, MSc Conservation Science, 2015, Distinction on the Thesis Anthropogenic Noise Pollution: Understanding the Effects of Mid-Frequency Active Sonar on Risso’s Dolphin Behavior

Yale University, BA, 2012, magna cum laude, Distinction in the major

Research Interests

Michelle is interested in becoming a quantitative ecologist focusing primarily on polar regions and questions that are of value to conservation issues. She is a member of the Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research Project, and will spend her PhD building models to investigate the effects of climate change on humpback whale foraging behavior in the Western Antarctic Peninsula.