Arina is part of The Costa Lab led by Prof Dan Costa, who is Arina’s Advisor and a key member of our MegaMove project. Arina’s PhD is focused on the intersection of movement ecology and ecophysiology of marine megafauna, and it involves exciting fieldwork using bio-logging instruments to tag elephant seals.
Last week, Arina officially advanced to candidacy in her doctoral program at UCSC, meaning she successfully completed a 15-page proposal for her PhD research, passed a 3-hour oral exam with the dissertation committee, and gave a 30-minute departmental seminar. Arina has done an extraordinary job leaving everyone excited with her proposal, which included an already published paper: Thermoregulatory Strategies of Diving Air-Breathing Marine Vertebrates!
Arina is now looking forward to continue to investigate the effects of subsurface temperature and dissolved oxygen on the diving and foraging behaviour of northern elephant seals, and to explore how to extend her work to other marine megafauna species to integrate the vertical dimension into our understanding of their movement patterns and distribution.
Congratulations to Arina for such a great achievement!