Dana L Wright


135 Duke Marine Lab Road

Beaufort, NC | 28516

dana.wright at duke.edu



I am a conservation biologist and marine ecologist interested in community structure and ecological niche under changing climatic conditions. To date, my research has focused primarily on cetacean species in the North Pacific and subarctic. My current research focuses on the conservation of the North Pacific right whale, a species of whale on the brink of extinction from legal and illegal commercial whaling.


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I am drawn to the application of ecological principles and methodologies to data-poor species and systems to solve conservation issues. I am very interested in the intersection of natural science, social science, and public policy within the field of conservation biology. I like the challenge of data-poor systems and the subsequent creativity and multidisciplinary opportunities that arise from such datasets and questions.