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Heidi Pearson

Assistant Professor

Marine Mammals
Seabirds
University of Alaska Southeast
205C Anderson
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 796-6271
(907) 796-6271
(907) 796-6447
Education
Texas A&M University
Ph.D. (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences)
2008
Duke University
B.S. (Biological Anthropology and Anatomy)
1998
Publications
Würsig, B. and Pearson, H.C. P. Primates and cetaceans: field research and conservation of complex mammalian societies. Dusky dolphins: flexibility in foraging and social strategies. Ed. Yamagiwa, J. and Karczmarski, L. Springer,

Pearson H.C., Vaughn-Hirschorn R.L., Srinivasan M., and Würsig B. 2012. Avoidance of mussel farms by dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 46:567-584.

Pearson, H.C., Dawson, L.N., and Radecki Breitkopf, C. 2012. Recycling attitudes and behavior among low-income Hispanics in southeast Texas. PLOS One. doi: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0034469

Srinivasan M., Pearson H.C., Vaughn-Hirshorn R.L., Würsig B., and Murtugudde R. 2012. Using climate downscaling to hypothesize impacts on apex predator marine ecosystem dynamics. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 46:575-584.

Pearson, H.C. 2011. Sociability of female bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops spp.) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): understanding evolutionary pathways toward social convergence. Evolutionary Anthropology. 20:85-95.

Specialties
  • Marine mammal biology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Comparative socioecology
Current Research Projects
  • Examining the social intelligence hypothesis in cetaceans and primates
  • Humpback whale behavioral ecology
  • Effects of climate, ecosystem, and anthropogenic change on dusky dolphins
Affiliations
  • Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, University of Alaska Southeast
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