Melanie is a research analyst from the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research of the University of Hawai’I, and works at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Her research primarily focuses on habitat modeling for various pelagic species using data from satellite tags deployed on animals. She has a Ph.D. in marine ecology from the University of Toulouse (France) and her current project is part of the Kona Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA), studying cetacean hotspots off the Kona Coast of Hawai’i Island. Onboard the R/V Falkor, she will be doing some CTD casts to assess the water column in the study area and conducting Marine Mammal Observations.