Michelle LaRue

Michelle LaRue is a lecturer of Antarctic Marine Science within Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury, studying the spatial ecology and effects of climate change on Southern Ocean predators using high-resolution satellite imagery. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2005 and her master’s degree in 2007 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she focused on the phenomenon of cougar range expansion in North America. After working in North American forests for a summer, Michelle then landed at the University of Minnesota where she worked as a GIS analyst for the United States Antarctica Program and eventually pursued her PhD in Conservation Biology. Since graduating in 2014, Michelle has continued to explore population dynamics of ice-obligate species at multiple scales, leading to the first population census of both Adelie and emperor penguins, and she is currently working on the same for Weddell seals.

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