Hi and thanks for visiting! My name is Eric and I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). I'm also in the lab of Dr. Diana Reiss at Hunter College, CUNY and the m2c2 lab in collaboration with The Rockefeller University. I'm wrapping up my dissertation in March/April 2019.
My research interests include: the foraging behavior and habitat use of bottlenose dolphins and Antillean manatees; long-term monitoring and passive acoustic monitoring of coastal marine mammals; interspecies interactions between marine mammals; drone-based monitoring and research; and using animal behavior to improve conservation and management.
I use drones and acoustic recorders to examine fine-scale behavior of animals. My dissertation research focuses on adapting small unmanned aerial systems-or drones-for behavioral and ecological research with coastal marine mammals in Belize.
I'm from NYC, but Belize and Mexico are my homes. My field sites are along the Caribbean coasts of Belize and Mexico. I also work with humpback whales and various species of dolphins along the Pacific coast of Mexico.