Research Ecologist, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Dr. Autumn-Lynn Harrison is a Marine Ecologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Program Manager of the Migratory Connectivity Project (www.migratoryconnectivityproject.org). For the past decade her work has focused on the migrations of large marine animals, including seals and seabirds. She was a researcher with the Tagging of Pacific Predators, a project of the Census of Marine Life, and contributed to United Nations efforts to identify ecologically significant areas for migratory marine animals in the high seas. Harrison earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz; a Graduate Diploma of Science in Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science, from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia; and B.S. degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and Environmental Science from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2014, Harrison worked for the Society for Conservation Biology for 11 years and as a Research Associate with the Institute for Parks at Clemson University. At Clemson, she studied Bahamanian seabird migration and developed a "big-data" digital humanities project with historical archives of the U.S. National Park Service. In addition to her research background, she is also a trained park naturalist and award-winning graphic designer and has developed and led training workshops in interpretation and graphic design for the Tanzania National Parks Authority and the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellows.