Emily spent her formative years in Vermont, a state she deems perfect but for its lack of ocean coastline. The sea called her to Maine, where she attended Colby College. After her first ornithology class, she knew she wanted to study avian biology. The summer after graduation, Emily lived on Petit Manan Island, off the coast of Maine, working among the colonies of terns, puffins, guillemots, and storm-petrels that breed there. She discovered that not only did she love the sea, but seabirds as well.
The autumn following that fateful summer found her in the desert of Punta Tumbo, Argentina, where for three months she worked with Magellanic penguins as part of the University of Washington Penguin Project. After spending time in bird colonies, Emily wanted to learn where and how seabirds spend their time at sea. She began a master’s program at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, studying seabird distribution in the Gulf of Maine. This work involved surveying from ships in the Gulf of Maine and two trips across the Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland—in the middle of winter, no less. She enjoys both the work at sea, and studying seabirds up close in colonies.
Emily joined BRI in 2012 to work on the Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project, studying seabirds from high definition aerial video surveys and traditional boat-based surveys in offshore wind energy areas.
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