Past Postdoctoral Fellow
Gemma is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the UW School of Aquatic
and Fisheries Sciences and NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center.
Her research here focuses on how climate processes shape spatial
interactions between marine predators and their prey in the Gulf of
Alaska. The goal of her research is to make better predictions of what
ecosystems will look like under climate change, and to support
conservation and management decisions that focus on preserving
food web structure.
Gemma received her PhD from Macquarie University, Australia in
2018, with a project examining foraging success by penguins as a
proxy for the changing availability of pelagic prey in southeastern
Australia. In 2017 she moved to Monterey California for a postdoc at
the University of California Santa Cruz and NOAA’s Southwest
Fisheries Science Center, studying predator-prey-environment
interactions in a range of systems including bluefin tuna in the
California Current, deep diving cetaceans in the eastern U.S.,
groundfish in Alaska, and flying seabirds in the Azores.