Emma Grigg, PhD

Scientific Diver


Dr. Emma Grigg is a marine ecologist based at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she also teaches clinical behavioral therapy (solving behavior problems in domesticated animals). Dr. Grigg has been with Ross since June 2010, and is in the early stages of conducting a systematic study of artificial reefs around St. Kitts. She completed her PhD in Integrated Marine Ecology at University of California, Davis, in 2008, where she was a member of Dr. Pete Klimley’s Biotelemetry Lab, studying habitat use of Pacific harbor seals in and around San Francisco Bay using satellite-linked telemetry tracking and GIS. Dr. Grigg also has a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Physiology from San Francisco State University, where she studied habitat use in bottlenose dolphins at Turneffe Atoll, Belize. For eight years, she was the field coordinator for the San Francisco Bay (SFB)/Richmond Bridge Harbor Seal Survey, a long-term project which assessed population trends and impacts of large-scale construction projects on SFB seals, making ongoing recommendations about ways to minimize negative impacts on the seal colonies there. Following this, she taught Environmental Studies for two years at Alfred University, in Alfred, NY. Her main research areas are 1) use of GIS to map habitat of large marine vertebrates, and 2) behavioral and spatial assessment of anthropogenic influences on marine mammals. A list of recent publications can be found via the Ross faculty listing, at http://www.rossu.edu/veterinary-school/faculty/faculty.cfm. Dr. Grigg currently lives on St. Kitts with her husband (a veterinary pathologist), their five-year-old son, and a houseful of dogs and cats.


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