Jezebel Powers

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I am incredibly interested in understanding the role herbivorous fish play in maintaining the community structure of tropical seagrass beds and how nutrient pollution may disrupt that community structure. I am currently assisting Dr. Sarah Kienle in analyzing video footage of UCSC’s captive Hawaiian monk seal, Kekoa. The video footage captures Kekoa’s feeding strategies with various prey sizes and at various positions in the water column. From these videos, I am extracting kinematic and behavioral data that will be used to further our understanding of the trade-offs between different feeding strategies used by Hawaiian monk seals. My long term goals involve dedicating myself to research and using social media to get the public excited about science. Oh, and lots and lots of scuba diving!