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Valeria Paz

PhD Student, Biological Sciences


Email: vpaz003@fiu.edu

RFA: Impacts & Visualization

Adviser: Michael Heithaus

Joined CREST CAChE in Fall 2019

My research focuses on investigating habitat use, trophic interactions, pollutant loads, and behavioral ecology of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE). I’m using multiple methods such as heavy metals and stable isotope analysis, passive acoustic monitoring, and focal follows. Ultimately, I hope my research will help elucidate how predators might respond to environmental variability to better predict how the Everglades’ restoration might affect this population.

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