Dori Dick is serving her Knauss fellowship working as a Protected Species Program Specialist on Climate Change in the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources.
Dori completed her B.S. in Biology from the University of Victoria and received her M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State. She is currently completing her PhD in Geography, Resource Management at Oregon State University.
The overarching theme of Dori's dissertation research is the development of novel geoanalytical tools, spatial analyses, and predictive modeling to help design more effective Marine Protected Area networks for North Pacific marine megafauna (specifically humpback whales and seabirds). She developed geneGIS, a suite of computational tools to facilitate visual exploration and spatial analyses of individual-based records from genetic and photo-identification data. The tools enable species genetic variability to be mapped across the seascape simultaneously with relevant environmental factors (e.g. bathymetry, sea surface temperature, productivity) and potential threats (e.g. fishery pressures, development, oil and gas exploration). Dori's research also contributed to the development of spatially explicit ecological models to identify multi-species seabird aggregations (hotspots) and assess how these locations may shift with climate change within the California Current Ecosystem.