Ph.D. Candidate   |   Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



I am a marine ecologist motivated by conservation. I spend most of my efforts pursuing research questions that ask how environmental changes impact demography and behavior. My PhD research program explores the effects of multiple aspects of global change on the ecology of hawksbill sea turtles, a critically endangered species per the IUCN.

My current work is diverse, but can be tied together by two broad research questions: (1) How is global change currently impacting (hawksbill) sea turtles? (2) Can—and how will—sea turtles cope with global change moving forward? While pursuing these questions I have employed various approaches including observational and experimental fieldwork, analysis of a >30 year mark-recapture nesting dataset, satellite tracking, and stable isotope methods. I have emphasized quantitative tools as a backbone of much of this work.

I am pursuing my degree at NC State University, where I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Fulbright Fellow advised by Dr. Martha Burford Reiskind. My current work focuses on a hawksbill nesting population in Antigua and Barbuda, where I collaborate with Dr. Seth Stapleton and the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project.

Beyond my core research program, I am broadly interested in global change impacts on natural history and conservation—especially for endangered species. These interests are reflected in various collaborations branching into different systems, taxa, and research questions. Diverse projects help me to maintain interests in spatial ecology, population ecology and genetics, restoration, and urban ecology. See my Research Page for more details, or reach out via email (asmaurer[at]ncsu.edu).

I focus a major proportion of my scientific energy and efforts on education, outreach, and mentorship—check out my Outreach & Education Page for more!

 

Background — 

I grew up in coastal New Hampshire and did my undergrad at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida. After getting a B.A. in 2012, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish, I worked seasonal field jobs for 3.5 years. I capped this time with a six month sea turtle monitoring season in Antigua, after which I moved to Raleigh, NC in 2016 to start grad school and pursue sea turtle research questions. Some of my non-science interests are playing and following sports, cooking (and eating?), hiking, and skiing.