MARCH 2020 SPEAKER – CASSIE VOLKER

AN OVERVIEW OF THE WILD DOLPHIN PROJECT

with Cassie Volker

Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, will discuss how and why the Wild Dolphin Project was started
and walk you through the past 35 years in the field as well as the new directions the project is heading. www.wilddolphinproject.org

Cassie Volker received her B.S. (2013) in biology from Northern Kentucky University and her M.S. (2016) in biological sciences from Florida Atlantic University. Cassie is originally from Cincinnati, OH where she grew up loving animals of all kinds. She has always been interested in their behavior and why they do what they do. During her undergrad she was involved in undergraduate research examining parental care behavior in the Carolina Chickadee, a small songbird. After being involved in this research, Cassie knew she wanted to pursue her graduate degree, and so she found Dr. Denise Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project. She was working on her master’s thesis, investigating spotted dolphin aggressive behavior, and helping out on the boat from 2014-2016. She moved back to Cincinnati, OH briefly but decided she missed the dolphins, Florida’s beaches, and the warmer weather! Cassie is now back working with us as our Research Assistant and will be out in the field on the boat a lot this summer!


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