During her undergraduate work, Marie spent a summer as an intern at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This experience instilled in her a love for birds and wetlands.
She earned a master's degree in wildlife from Louisiana State University, focusing on wetland ecology and wetland birds. Marie’s thesis work at LSU included determining capture techniques for rails, using morphometric measurements to differentiate between species and sex of king and clapper rails, and using stable isotopes to look at the migration ecology of king rails.
Marie joined BRI in 2010, where she worked to increase shorebird and rail research at the organization. Her research projects at BRI included: quantifying mercury exposure in Alaskan shorebirds, determining migratory movements and mercury exposure of Eastern Willets breeding in the Gulf of Maine, and estimating oiling rates and mortality of Clapper Rails from the DeepWater Horizon oil spill.
Marie currently works as a research associate at the University of Michigan, where she is researching mercury exposure in marine mammals. She began a Ph.D. program at McGill University in Canada in the Fall of 2013. For her dissertation research, she will continue to work with BRI to quantify mercury exposure in Arctic-breeding shorebirds.
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