Biography

Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Doug Nowacek’s lab at the Duke University Marine Lab.  She received a M.Sc. degree in biology in 2006 from Dalhousie University and a V.M.D. degree in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  Rachel’s main research interests are in cetacean health, physiology, and conservation.

Her Ph.D. research is focused on developing novel, non-invasive tools to assess the health of cetaceans at sea.  Rachel is a recipient of a 2013 award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund.

Publications

R. M. Cassoff, S. E. Campana, and S. Myklevoll, (2007). Changes in baseline growth and maturation parameters of Northwest Atlantic porbeagle, Lamna nasus, following heavy exploitation. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1, 19-29.

R. M. Cassoff, K. M. Moore, W. A. McLellan, S. G. Barco, D. S. Rotstein, and M. J. Moore, (2011). Lethal entanglement in baleen whales. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 96: 3, 75–85.

Reports

R. M. Cassoff, K. M. Moore, W. A. McLellan, S. G. Barco, D. S. Rotstein, and M. J. Moore, (2010) Pathobiology of lethal entanglement in baleen whales. Paper IWC/A10/F16. Prepared for the International Whaling Commission Workshop on Welfare Issues Associated with the Entanglement of Large Whales. Kihei, Maui.

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