Marian (“Merra”) Howe – Graduate Research Assistant
Office phone: 808-737-6272
After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Biology, Merra began her career as a field assistant conducting spinner dolphin surveys with Duke University’s SAPPHIRE project in Kona, HI. She then headed to Alaska and spent several years conducting behavioral and acoustic research on the Cook Inlet beluga whale. There she was introduced to passive acoustic monitoring and processing and analyzing beluga recordings. In January 2013, Merra joined OSI. She is responsible for processing and analyzing EAR acoustic data, deploying and retrieving EARs and conducting vessel based surveys for OSI’s Nai’a Kuwili Project. Merra is fascinated by the use of acoustics as a conservation and management tool for threatened cetacean populations. To further her knowledge of this field she is pursuing her M.S. in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa starting in Fall 2014.