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Lindsey Peavey

PhD Candidate, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management



Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: pelagic ecology, endangered species management, stable isotope ecology, applied conservation biology

Lindsey with a juvenile olive ridley sea turtle in the eastern tropical Pacific. NOAA NMFS SWFSC Permit #774-1714.

My dissertation work focuses the pelagic ecology of olive ridley sea turtles in the eastern Pacific Ocean, including foraging behavior, trophic roles, population genetics, predictable habitat use, at-sea mating, and movement patterns.  I use multiple non-invasive approaches including stable isotope analysis, genetics, animal tracking, habitat modeling, and geospatial analysis to answer ecological questions and inform management (e.g., fisheries bycatch reduction).

Peavey outrigger

More generally, I study the ecology of large marine vertebrates (mammals, turtles, birds) and work to apply that knowledge to find a balance between human resource use and species conservation.

When I'm not working I like to hike, standup paddleboard, play basketball, paddle outrigger canoe, run, cook, take photos, and explore new places.


Chen X. et al. (2013) Perspectives on disconnects between science and management of post-fire recovery in the Western US. Environmental Management. 52(6):1415-1426. [PDF] DOI: 10.1007/s00267-013-0165-y

Stimpert, AK, LE Peavey, AS Friedlaender, and DP Nowacek. (2012) Humpback whale song and foraging on an Antarctic feeding ground. PLoS ONE 7(12):e51214. [PDF] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051214

Gerber, LR, J Estes, T Gancos Crawford, LE Peavey, and AJ Read. (2011) Managing for extinction? Conflicting conservation objectives in a large marine reserve. Conservation Letters. [PDFDOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00197.x

Peavey, L, RL Pitman, S Benson, J Harvey, B Watson, T Graham, and K Kopitsky. (2010) Big Eyes, Big Boats and Home Videos — Studying Sea Turtles At Sea. SWOT: The State of the World’s Sea Turtles ReportVol. V:8-12. [PDF

Friedlaender, AS, DWJ Nowacek, AJ Read, RB Tyson, L Peavey, and MS Revelli. (2009) Multiple sightings of a large group of Arnoux’s beaked whales (Berardius arnouxii) in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica. Marine Mammal Science 26(1):246-250. [PDF] DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2009.00346.x


Visit my research page on the Bren School website to read more.


Visit the SciFund Challenge crowdfunding site to learn about my research: Turtles in the Deep. The online fundraising campaign has closed, but please contact me if you'd like to support the project!