Coastal Connections

Understanding the lives of dolphins and their success in the wild is vital to protecting their environment. They are a keystone marine species, meaning their health reflects the waters that surround them.

Since 2014, Carolina student Liah McPherson has worked with the Wild Dolphin Project, a nonprofit scientific research organization that studies and reports on a specific population of free-ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins. This past summer marked the first season McPherson conducted her own research project, which used drone technology to study the dolphins’ behavior as they traveled.

Thanks to the university’s support and through the connections she’s made, she hopes to continue her work with the Wild Dolphin Project into graduate school.

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