Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

A.E.Thornton 2016Graduate Student / Teaching Assistant, University of Alaksa Fairbanks, United States

I am a graduate researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Through partnerships with subsistence communities, my current Master's work has me exploring isotopic trends in diet variation of individual walruses and within the Pacific walrus population, encompassing previous and current climate anomalies as well as regime shifts. I received my first Master's from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where I extensively studied conservation science in Earth's polar regions and completed research with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on recovery rates of delphinids impacted by tuna fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. In my career, I hope to play an active role in producing rigorously-tested, scientific content capable of positively influencing dynamic ocean resource management for today’s and future generations. I believe that STEAM fields are empowered by diversity and multi-disciplinary approaches, so am enormously proud to work with other early career scientists from around the world as we make great strides towards meeting intersectional goals.

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