Katherine A. McHugh
Position: Graduate Student
Phone: (530) 752-5830
Present: University of California, Davis - Doctoral Candidate, Animal Behavior Graduate Group
2006: University of California, Davis - M.S. Animal Behavior
2002: Stanford University - M.S. Earth Systems (marine conservation)
2001: Stanford University - B.S. with distinction Earth Systems, with Honors in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy.
I am interested in studying the social behavior and behavioral ecology of small cetaceans, particularly in learning more about the strategies juvenile dolphins use to successfully navigate the fragile and formative period between weaning and sexual maturity and how adult behavior patterns, skills, and relationships develop through adolescence (see project page here). Use of GIS to analyze dolphin ranging patterns and habitat use. Applications of animal behavior to conservation biology/policy and captive animal welfare.
Sih, A., McHugh, K.,
Hanser, S. In press/2008.
Social Network Theory – Applications to Animal Behavior. Behavioral
Ecology and Sociobiology.
K.A., S. Hoffman, J.B. Allen, M.D. Scott, and R.S. Wells. 2007. Factors
influencing variation in age at independence for free-ranging
bottlenose dolphin calves in Sarasota Bay, FL. Oral Presentation, 17th
Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, 28 Nov–3 Dec
2007, Cape Town, South Africa.