Now at... the University of Wyoming, Laramie
Previously at... the University of California, Santa Cruz


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 research.

Laysan and black-footed albatross on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Tonya M. Haff)