Autumn-Lynn Harrison

Autumn-Lynn Harrison

Research Ecologist
Phone: 202-633-4175
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Research Disciplines: Conservation | Ecology | Marine Animals

Research Interests

Animal Migration, Seabirds, Shorebirds, Seals, Migratory Connectivity, Animal Tracking, Habitat Modeling, Marine Spatial Planning

Educational Background

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012, Ph.D., Marine Ecology
  • James Cook University, Australia 2001, Graduate Diploma of Science, Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science
  • Virginia Tech, 2000, B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Science / Environmental Science (dual degree)

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Harrison is a research ecologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and a lead of the Migratory Connectivity Project, and the Shorebird Science and Conservation Collective based at the Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C. USA. She studies the migrations of marine and coastal animals including Brown Pelicans in the Chesapeake Bay. Autumn-Lynn is originally from Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and also has background training in estuarine ecology and the history of the Chesapeake Bay region.

Other Research

Other research includes a focus on historical ecology and public history:

  • History of seabird bycatch in the oceans,
  • History of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (1963-1969);
  • How public philanthropy created a National Park (Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park), a big data project in collaboration with Clemson University and the National Park Service.

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