Olivia Townsend


San Jose State University, United States

My research interests include behavioral ecology, spatial ecology, and conservation with a particular focus on marine species. My current thesis research employs biologging technology to investigate the foraging distribution and oceanic habitat use of red-tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) breeding in the main Hawaiian Islands. My goals are to better understand how this species interacts with the dynamic marine environment, especially given the context of climate change and interest in offshore wind energy, and to use this information for guiding conservation strategies.