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PhD Ocean Sciences

MS Biology

BS Wildlife & Conservation Biology


My research focuses on contaminants and debris of anthropogenic origin in the marine environment.
I use oceanographic processes and animal tracking to help describe the distributions of contaminants in the ocean in relation to biota, especially top predators like seabirds.
Due to the globally increasing trends of contaminants and marine debris, I am especially interested in projects that generate data to find solutions to reduce, and find viable alternatives to, contaminants and single-use products.
I have worked on avian ecology research projects since 2003. Like the birds I study, these projects have been wide-ranging, and have taken me around the world.


Ph.D, Ocean Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., Biology, Bucknell University
B.S., Wildlife & Conservation Biology, University of Rhode Island

    Research Interests

Foraging ecology

Where do seabirds go to find food?

What is the ocean like in those places?

Marine ecotoxicology

To what contaminants are seabirds exposed in different parts of the ocean?

How do contaminant impact seabirds?

Plastic pollution

Plastic is everywhere!

How fast do polymers breakdown in the environment?


My ResearchGate profile
Member of Next Generation of Sonoran Desert Researchers
I conducted my PhD in two labs:
Costa Lab, UCSC  & Shaffer Lab, SJSU

    Supplementary Materials    


Long Marine Lab

University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA  95060


mgilmour AT ucsc DOT edu