CV

Current

  • Visiting Professor, Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Biologist, Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research
  • Science Director, North Coast Cetacean Society

Publications

Conferences & Symposia

Datasets

  • Keen, Eric M; Wray, Janie; Meuter, Hermann; Thompson, Kim-Ly; Barlow, Jay P; Picard, Chris R (2017): Data from: “Whale Wave”: shifting strategies structure the complex use of critical fjord habitats by humpbacks. UC San Diego Library Digital Collections. http://doi.org/10.6075/J0GT5K3B
  • Keen, Eric M. (2017): The Bangarang Project. UC San Diego Library Digital Collections. http://doi.org/10.6075/J0MK69TN

Reports

Gitga’at State of the Ocean 2015. A landmark compilation of recent findings from ocean-related research within Gitga’at territory, written specifically to inform the management decisions of Gitga’at leadership. These reports were reviewed internally and by regional experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Reports I contributed:

Bangarang Fieldwork Reports. These reports were generated in the field and shared with local collaborators to provide close-to-real-time updates on our research and what we are finding in their home system.

Software

Essays & Press Releases

Teaching

Positions

Seminars 

  • 2017. Whales of the rainforest: habitat use strategies of sympatric rorqual whales within Kitimat Fjord System, BC. The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists. 20 April.
  • 2017. Whales of the rainforest. Sewanee: The University of the South. 23 February.
  • 2011. Whales in Fjords. Sewanee: The University of the South. 15 April.
  • 2011. 17,506 Islands: the Indonesian archipelago. Sewanee: The University of the South. 15 April.

 Guest Lectures

  • 2017. An Introduction to the ocean. Guest lecture, Environmental Studies 101 at Sewanee: The University of the South.
  • 2017. Ocean-Climate coupling. Guest lecture, Environmental Studies 101 at Sewanee: The University of the South.
  • 2016. Ecology of the ocean’s largest predators. Guest lecture, Oceanography 101 at Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert, Canada.
  • 2015. Fjord oceanography. Guest lecture, Oceanography 101 at Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert, Canada.
  • 2015. Fjord ecology. Guest lecture, Oceanography 101 at Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert, Canada.

Other Experience

  • Founder and chair of Scripps cohort Seminar Series
  • Co-coordinator of Scripps Ecology Seminar Series
  • Presenter at Scripps Natural History Society
  • Volunteer naturalist for Birch Aquarium

In the news

Education

PhD. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California: San Diego. 2011 – 2017.

  • Doctoral thesis in predator conservation ecology within a British Columbia fjord system. Involved collaboration with multiple stakeholders: Canadian government, Gigta’at First Nation, several non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Designed, coordinated, and implemented ecosystem-scale study. Trained, supervised and lived with teams of undergraduate and graduate researchers during 4-month field seasons living aboard a research vessel I owned, equipped, and captained myself.
  • Scripps Editorial & Publications Committee (2012-3)
  • Co-Coordinator Scripps Ecology Seminar Series (2012-3)
  • Member Scripps Natural History Society (2012-3)
  • Volunteer naturalist Birch Aquarium at Scripps Whale Watching (2012-3)
  • Founder & Chair Scripps Cohort Seminar Series (2011-3)
  • Student representative UCSD Graduate Student Association (2011-2)

BA. Sewanee: University of the South. 2004-2008 

  • Majors: Ecology & Biodiversity, Religion.
  • Environmental Service Award, 2008
  • Sustainability Steering Committee, Student representative 2007-8
  • Sewanee Green-House Environmental Residence, Co-founder 2008
  • Sewanee Natural History Society, Co-founder and President 2007-8
  • Sewanee Environmental Resident Program, Chair 2006-7
  • Sewanee Forestry & Geology Club, Vice President 2005-6
  • Sewanee Order of the Gownsmen, Member 2005-8
  • Sewanee Outdoor Program, student trip leader 2006-8.
  • Sewanee Track & Field Team, Member 2005-6.
  • Sewanee Order of the Gownsmen, Member 2005-8.
  • Sewanee Table Tennis Team, Co-founder and President 2004-8.

High school. Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, FL. 2000 – 2004.

  • Valedictorian
  • Youngest presenter at Melbourne International Film Festival. Premiered senior thesis, a feature-length film.

Landmark Projects

  • Cycling fundraising campaigns. In 2008, a friend and I biked 4,000 miles across Canada in 40 days; our efforts raised $12,000 to build a school in Guatemala. In 2010, I led a team of 10 Sewanee riders in a 12-day, 1,000-mile ride that raised $12,000 to build a school in Colombia. Both schools are now built and operational.
  • Gitga’at Oceanographic Initiative. Consulting scientist, software engineer, data analyst. Through my doctoral research, I co-designed, catalyzed and led staff training for the launch of the coast’s first indigenous long-term oceanographic monitoring program.

Honors & Grants

  • Frieman Prize, Scripps Institution of Oceanograph (2017)
  • Lewis and Clark Fund, American Philosophical Society (2015)
  • National Geographic Society – Waitt Grant Fellow (2013-4)
  • Mullin Fund, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2013)
  • National Geographic Society – Waitt Grant (2013)
  • Edna Bailey Sussman Fellow at Cascadia Research Collective (2014)
  • Edna Bailey Sussman Fellow at Cascadia Research Collective (2013)
  • Explorers Club Exploration Fund (2012)
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, American Society of Mammalogists (2012)
  • National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow (2012)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2011-4)
  • Fulbright Scholar, South Sumatra, Indonesia (2008-9)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Sewanee: University of the South (2008)
  • National Morris K. Udall Scholar for Environmental Leadership (2007)

Work – Research

  • Post-doctoral fellow, University of Victoria (2017)
  • Marine Ecology Telemetry and Research (2016 – current)
  • Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, WA. S: John Calambokidis (2013)
  • North Coast Cetacean Society, British Columbia. S: Janie Wray (2010, 2012)
  • Centro Ballena Azul (Blue Whale Center), Chile. S: Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete (2010)
  • Post-Baccelaureate Research Fellow. Sewanee Environmental Institute (2009-10)
  • Tethys Research Institute, Italy. S: Sabina Airoldi (2009)
  • Cetacean Fossil Lab, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ. S: Ewan Fordyce (2007)
  • Field Tech. Museum of the Rockies paleontology dig, Jordan, MT Volunteer. Supervisor: Dr. Jack Horner (2007)

Work – Other

  • Firetower lookout, North Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon, AZ (2011)
  • Assistant director, Sewanee Outdoor Program, TN. 20 wks, 40 hrs/wk (2010)
  • Mechanic, Sewanee Bike Shop, TN. 3 school years, 10 hrs/wk (2006-8)

Training

  • Small Boat Operator Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2013)
  • Coastal Cruising & Keelboat I, II, & III US Sailing (2013)
  • Wilderness First Responder Wilderness Medical Institute / NOLS (2013)
  • Passive Acoustic Hardware Workshop NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (2012)
  • Advanced Open Water SCUBA PADI (2010)