Casey Brown, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Biology and my MS from Colorado State University in Ecology. I am broadly interested in animal behavior, wildlife movement, conservation, and human dimensions of wildlife management. I have studied a diverse range of species from elk in the northern Rockies to rodents in Central America. I recently joined the Alaska SeaLife Center as a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Markus Horning’s lab. I will be researching a special type of satellite tag called Life History Tags. These tags were implanted in young Stellar Sea lions to better understand when, where and why they die. Life history tags can monitor animals for several years, recording valuable information like how deep a sea lion dives and their body temperature. After an animal dies, it’s tag floats to the ocean surface and transmits all the stored data to a ground station. I will be analyzing the data from these tags to better understand where Steller sea lions are dying.