“let the beauty we love be what we do.”

Heather Heenehan is pursuing a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Environmental Science and recently graduated with her Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke in Coastal Environmental Management. Her master’s project focused on spinner dolphins around the Island of Hawaii and the impacts of human interactions (tourism) on these dolphins. Her Master’s Project is a collection of web articles addressing different aspects of this issue through time. You can read her articles here. She will continue to work on the SAPPHIRE Project and the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins for her dissertation and investigate the acoustic behavior of spinner dolphins in their resting bays. She will explore the current sounds that the dolphins make, look at variation through time and space and explore policy implications of this research.