Myra Finkelstein is a
David H. Smith Conservation Fellow working with Dr. Dan Doak to
understand the effects of interacting threats on albatross survival.
Myra’s general area of research focuses on human impacts to
marine systems with an emphasis on contaminant-induced effects.
Myra received a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of
California, Santa Cruz in 2003. Her dissertation research (Sources
and Effects of Contaminant Exposure in Seabirds) focused on
toxicology in top-level marine predators; she examined the impacts of
pollution (e.g., PCBs, DDE, mercury) on the health status of pelagic
seabirds. Building on this work, Myra uses biomarkers of
contaminant exposure to examine population-level changes from marine
pollution on sensitive seabird species in her post-graduate