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Bienvenidos! I invite you to browse and learn about my career as a conservation ecologist.  My research focuses on understanding the effects of human activities on wildlife populations, with a specialization in cetaceans. To study these interactions, I develop projects based on interdisciplinary methodologies and on-the-ground collaborations. This diversity is reflected in my projects and website, and I welcome you to explore it.

 

Ongoing Projects

My research takes place in diverse ecosystems, ranging from the highly industralized Galveston Bay estuary to the central Amazon.  Using mark-recapture models and spatial ecology tools, I study the ecology of species to assess the importance of anthropogenic threats.  I also conduct human-based research, primarily through interview methods, to understand the drivers of threats and inform conservation initiatives.

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Galveston Bay Dolphin Research Program

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The use of dolphins
as fish bait in
Latin America

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Amazon River dolphin ecology and conservation

 

Vanessa J. Mintzer, Ph.D.

Wildlife Research Partnerships

PO Box 5174

Asheville, NC 28803

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