Marine Mammal Genetics Group Staff

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Sarah L. Mesnick
Ecologist / Science Liaison
Phone: (858) 546-7148
Fax: (858) 546-7003

Sarah Mesnick is the Science Liaison for the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), an ecologist in the SWFSC’s Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, and co-founder of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San Diego. Her research focuses on the behavioral ecology of marine vertebrates in pelagic ecosystems. The main goal of these studies is to provide a behavioral framework within which to investigate population identity, population trends, and fishery interactions in cetaceans. She uses a variety of tools (genetic, acoustic, behavioral, comparative and phylogenetic) and works in the field, laboratory and collaboratively on a number of different marine mammal management issues. The unifying theme of these projects is to bring a behavioral perspective to our understanding of the dynamics of marine mammal populations and human interactions.

As the Center’s Science Liaison, she provides direction and support for the SWFSC’s external relations, the development of cooperative programs and the dissemination of SWFSC’s science. Major activities include: serving as the SWFSC’s liaison with agency and legislative offices, constituents and the public; developing the broader impact of SWFSC science and research programs; and working with individual scientists to build cooperative programs with academia, other governmental agencies and key constituents.

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