MSc Student

Miranda MAYHALL

Miranda Mayhall is an MSc Student working with the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Her focus is marine megafauna behavior and ecology with a special interest in bioacoustics. She intends to closely monitor the behavior of cetaceans and to use her research to affect policy conservation efforts on behalf of cetaceans and their habitats. 

Prior to working with the GEMM Lab, she achieved a B.S. in International Relations from Methodist University, North Carolina as well as studied Chemistry and Biology at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Miranda served in the US Army Signals Intelligence field for a decade before and during her educational ventures and now is strictly focused on her marine mammal studies, her 10-year-old daughter, and two dogs. Aside from a passion for cetacean conservation, she enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, dabbling in studio art, the cinema, and intends to become certified in scuba. 

Why is the HALO project important to you? Anything you’re most excited to learn about?

 The HALO project is my first official field project in cetacean studies since transitioning from the military intelligence field — I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. Studying cetacean behavior out on the open ocean and working alongside such dedicated researchers is an honor, and I intend to remain engaged and wholeheartedly grateful. It will be interesting to document the whereabouts of the cetacean species in Oregon waters, and I can’t wait to see what we discover. 

Why is support from the public so essential to the
HALO project?

It means a lot for me to be part of a project that is so closely linked to the public. I believe communication and collaboration on matters of cetacean conservation are essential to all of us — we (people and cetaceans) all have a part to play in this world. I intend to do my part to honor the Oregon License Plate fund and its contributors through dedicated research and transparency.