Ph.D., 2010, Duke University
bio-physical and trophic interactions in marine ecology; application of spatial analysis and landscape ecology techniques to marine conservation
I am interested in bio-physical and trophic interactions in marine ecology and the application of spatial analysis and landscape ecology techniques to marine conservation. Specifically, my research interests focus on the importance of local oceanographic features and associated prey distributions to the foraging habitat of marine predators. Ongoing research projects include studies investigating the mechanics of oceanographic features relative to foraging seabirds and their prey in both Onslow Bay, North Carolina and in the Bay of Fundy, Canada; research projects integrating in situ and remotely sensed data to investigate the cetacean habitat use in relation to physical and oceanographic habitat factors in the South Atlantic Bight; and a habitat modeling study examining the resting habitat of spinner dolphins in Hawaii.
Thorne, L.H., E.L. Hazen, S.J. Bograd, D.G. Foley, M.G. Connors, M.A. Kappes, H.M. Kim, Y.Tremblay, D.P. Costa and S.A. Shaffer Sympatric North Pacific albatross species show contrasting responses to climate variability. In review at Glob Change Biol.
Foley, C.F., M. Lynch, L.H. Thorne, H.J. Lynch. Listing foreign species under the Endangered Species Act: Who, how, why, and to what end? In review at Front Ecol Environ.
Lynch, M., C.F. Foley, L.H. Thorne, and H.J. Lynch. Are we following best practices in Antarctic policy with respect to biological data? In review at Antarct Sci.
Belkin, I.M., Hunt, G.L., Hazen, E.L., Zamon, J.E., Schick, R.S., Prieto, R., Brodziak, J., Teo, S.L., Thorne, L.H., Bailey, H., Sachihiko, I., Munk, P., Musyl, M.K., Willis, J.K., and W. Zhang (2014) Fronts, fish and predators. Deep-Sea Res. Pt. II. 107: 1-2.
Thorne, L.H. and A.J. Read (2013) Fine-scale biophysical interactions drive prey availability at a migratory stopover site for Phalaropusspp. in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 487: 261-273.
Waples, D.M., L.H. Thorne, L.W. Williams, E.K. Burke, K.W. Urian and A.J. Read (2013) A field test of acoustic deterrent devices used to reduce interactions between bottlenose dolphins and a coastal gillnet fishery in North Carolina, USA. Biol Conserv. 157: 163-171.
Thorne, L.H., D.W. Johnston, D.L. Urban, R.W. Baird, S. Yin, S. Rickards, M.H. Deakos, A.A. Pack and M.C. Hill (2012) Predictive modeling of spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) resting habitat in the main Hawaiian Islands: implications for management. PLoS ONE. 7(8): e43167.
Dunn, D.C., K. Stewart, R.K. Bjorkland, M. Haughton, S. Singh-Rentond, R. Lewison, L.H. Thorne and P.N. Halpin (2009) A regional analysis of coastal and domestic fishing effort in the wider Caribbean. Fish Res. 102(1-2): 60-68.
Nowacek, D.P., L.H. Thorne, D.W. Johnston and P. L. Tyack (2007) Responses of cetaceans to anthropogenic noise: an update and evaluation of potential physiological consequences. Mam Rev 37(2): 81-115.
Johnston D.W., L.H. Thorne and A.J. Read (2005) Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) and minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) exploit a tidally-driven island wake ecosystem in the Bay of Fundy. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 305: 287-295.
Thorne, L.H. and A.J. Read (In preparation) Developing spatial predictions of the at-sea habitat of black-capped petrels (Pterodrama hasitata) using generalized additive models.
Thorne, L.H., Read, A.J., H.J. Foley and R.W. Baird (In preparation) Living on the edge: short- finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) exploit steep bathymetric gradients in the Northwest Atlantic.
Congratulations to our graduates! The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Student Activities Center auditorium. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty and staff to celebrate the completion of their journey at...
Many thanks to those who participated and assisted with the 2017 Flax to Vax Race + BBQ on Saturday. Heather Lynch and Kurt Bretsch won for the faculty and Mark Nepf and Ashley Cohen won for the students. Overall the top five faculty times beat the top ten student...
SoMAS Faculty and staff were among the honorees at the Fall University Awards Dinner where they were recognized for their hard work and dedicated service by Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Charles Taber. Congratulations to them all!...
The 2016 Vax to Flax Run was held on Saturday April 30th on a beautiful sunny day. The race course followed the Vax-to-Vax format (seen on the right) where the race starts at SoMAS and travels clockwise around Circle Drive to return back to SoMAS. Seven faculty and post docs raced against eleven students. As has been the recent tradition, the faculty times overall beat the student times.
The Annual SoMAS tradition that puts Students against Faculty took place on Saturday, April 25th. The course this year followed the same path as last year, starting at SoMAS (former home of the Vax computer system) and circling around campus around Circle Drive to...
Penguin expert Ron Naveen of Oceanites discusses Antarctic conservation and policy with MCP students
Ron Naveen, President and founder of Oceanites, a non-profit that monitors penguin species in Antarctica, visited with current Marine Conservation and Policy (MCP) students on October 18th. Naveen, who collaborates on penguin research with Stony Brook professor Dr....
Master's students in the Marine Conservation and Policy Program at Stony Brook University will have the unique opportunity of taking a literature course from two of the nation's leading environmental writers this spring semester. Dr. Carl Safina, author of six books...