Undergraduate Senior, Integrative Biology, Environmental Science & Public Policy
Marissa Garcia is a graduating senior at Harvard University, where she is completing her concentration in Integrative Biology with a secondary in Environmental Science & Public Policy. Her main research interests include using acoustic methods to detect the presence and ranges of endangered cetaceans. She aspires to design effective and equitable socio-ecological solutions for ocean management. She recently completed her seniors honors thesis, entitled, “Improved Population Level Monitoring of Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales (Eubalaena glacialis) Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring,” advised by Dr. Holger Klinck at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Bioacoustics. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as President of the Harvard College Conservation Society, where she oversaw and managed projects between students and non-profit conservation organizations both regionally and internationally. She strongly believes in the power of science communication and thus has also dedicated her time to learning the ins-and-outs of writing, interning for NOAA Sanctuaries and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Independent newspaper. She looks forward to continuing her marine bioacoustics research with Dr. Klinck as a Ph.D. student in Natural Resources at Cornell University.