Skip to content

Dr. Kara Dodge

Guest Investigator
Biology Department

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2589
Building: Redfield 256

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #33
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I study the behavior and ecology of marine animals, with a special focus on sea turtles in the North Atlantic.  I use satellite and acoustic telemetry, videography, oceanographic sampling and stable isotope analysis to investigate animal movement, behavior, habitat, feeding and physiology. I also collaborate on studies of sea turtle health and population structure. Current studies include:

  • Projecting the effects of climate change on leatherback turtle habitat within the US Northeast Shelf
  • Habitat sampling and subsurface observations of leatherback turtles with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) 'TurtleCam'
  • Behavior, habitat use, and post-release survival of Kemp's ridley and green sea turtles in the NW Atlantic
  • Comparative analysis of leatherback turtle and ocean sunfish foraging ecology in the NW Atlantic using stable isotope analysis
  • Investigation of preparation methods on gelatinous zooplankton stable isotope values

Selected Publications

Dodge KL, Kukulya AL, Burke E, Baumgartner MF. 2018 TurtleCam: a "smart" autonomous underwater vehicle for investigating behaviors and habitats of sea turtles. Frontiers in Marine Science 5:90

Dodge KL, Galuardi B, Lutcavage ME. 2015 Orientation behaviour of leatherback sea turtles within the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20143129

Dodge KL, Galuardi B, Miller TJ, Lutcavage ME. 2014 Leatherback turtle movements, dive behavior, and habitat characteristics in ecoregions of the Northwest Atlantic ocean. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91726

Dodge KL, Logan JM, Lutcavage ME. 2011 Foraging ecology of leatherback sea turtles in the Western North Atlantic determined through multi-tissue stable isotope analyses. Marine Biology 158(12): 2813-2824