Keenan Yakola


Keenan Yakola

PhD Student

Advisor: Don Lyons

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B.S. Wildlife Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst 2015

M.S. Wildlife Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst 2019

Research Interests:  Seabird conservation, marine spatial planning, foraging and movement ecology


For the past eight years I have studied seabirds in the Gulf of Maine with the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute. During this time I also received my M.S. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a fellow with the USGS Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center researching long-term dietary shifts in four different tern species in the region. My PhD will focus on the foraging ecology of  Common and Arctic Terns (Sterna hirundo and S. paradisaea), as well as Leach’s Storm Petrels (Hydrobates leucorhous) using miniaturized GPS loggers. Using these data, I plan to access the vulnerability of these species to offshore wind energy development and quantify the impacts of short-term marine heatwaves in the Gulf of Maine.