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Kara Dodge

Kara Dodge, PhD

Research Scientist
Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life


PhD, Zoology, University of New Hampshire, 2013
BA, Biological Anthropology, Harvard University, 1998


Dr. Kara Dodge is a Research Scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center where her work on sea turtle behavior and ecology intersects with multiple programs, including Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies (FSET), Wildlife and Ocean Health, and Rescue and Rehabilitation. Dr. Dodge’s research focuses on management-driven needs for baseline data on threatened and endangered sea turtles to support conservation and recovery efforts for these imperiled species. She and her collaborators use a variety of innovative tools and techniques, including satellite and acoustic telemetry, autonomous underwater vehicles, drones, videography, oceanographic sampling, and stable isotope analysis to investigate sea turtle seasonal distribution, movements, behavior, diet, habitat, genetics, health, physiology, and threats. Kara also collaborates on international meta-analyses of sea turtle distribution, dispersal, and connectivity to understand human impacts (fisheries bycatch, habitat loss, vessel strike, climate change, marine plastics) on these species at a global scale.  



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