Vivienne Foroughirad

Surveying from jetty

Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University, USA

Vivienne began working on the Shark Bay Dolphin Project as an undergraduate research assistant in 2008 and then never left! She was a PhD student in the Marine Science and Conservation program at Duke University before coming to Georgetown. Her interests lie at the intersection of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology, and how these domains can be used to understand the development of ecotypes and intraspecies variation in delphinids. As part of her PhD research she studied both the evolution of foraging strategies in bottlenose dolphins and social systems in short-finned pilot whales. She also hopes to apply any knowledge gleaned from these projects to both the management of ecotourism programs and the designation of protected areas.