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Graduate Research Assistant

Mystic Aquarium Inc

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Mystic Aquarium Inc

55 Coogan Boulevard

Mystic, Connecticut,06355

United States

Company Description

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation's leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England's only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering gu... more.

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Research Staff - Mystic Aquarium

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Laura Thompson, PhD
Research Fellow Photo of Laura Thompson Laura first came to the aquarium as a RAVS intern during the summer of 2005, working on the identification and quantification of different lymphocytes in wild bottlenose dolphins. She has since also worked as an assistant in the marine mammal and sea turtle stranding program and as a research technician on multiple aspects of the marine origin Brucella project. She holds a first class BSc with honours in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of London, and has continued to carry out research at the aquarium while pursuing her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests focus on marine mammal dive physiology and health, as well as developing methodology to use blow (breath condensate) as a non-invasive means to monitor physiology.


Research Staff - Mystic Aquarium

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Laura Thompson, BS
Research Fellow Photo of Laura Thompson Graduating in 2006, Laura holds a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of London. Laura first came to the aquarium as a RAVS intern during the summer of 2005, working on the identification and quantification of different lymphocytes in wild bottlenose dolphins. Since then, she has also worked as an assistant in the marine mammal and sea turtle stranding program and as a technician on multiple aspects of the marine origin Brucella project. In 2008 she was accepted into the oceanographic program at UCONN, Avery Point with the opportunity to conduct her research at Mystic Aquarium. She is currently persuing a PhD with an interest in diving behavior and health.


Meet the Mystic Research Staff

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Laura Thompson, BS
Research Fellow Graduating in 2006, Laura holds a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of London. Laura first came to the aquarium as a RAVS intern during the summer of 2005, working on the identification and quantification of different lymphocytes in wild bottlenose dolphins. Since then, she has also worked as an assistant in the marine mammal and sea turtle stranding program and as a technician on multiple aspects of the marine origin Brucella project. She is currently a part of the marine origin Brucella project including serology, microbiology and PCR. In 2008 she was accepted into the oceanographic program at UCONN, Avery Point with the opportunity to conduct her research at Mystic Aquarium. She is currently persuing a PhD with an interest in diving behavior and health.


BELUGA WHALE RESEARCH CONTINUES AT MYSTIC AQUARIUM - Mystic Aquarium

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As part of her PhD dissertation, Dr. Laura Thompson, under...
As part of her PhD dissertation, Dr. Laura Thompson, under the direction of Dr. Tracy Romano, Chief Scientist and Vice President of Biological Research at Mystic Aquarium developed a method to collect samples of respiratory vapor, or "blow," from belugas. Over the past several years, Dr. Thompson has used blow sampling to measure changes in cortisol both in animals at Mystic Aquarium as well as in the field. Today Mystic Aquarium and industry colleagues use breath analysis to determine the presence of important hormones critical in metabolism and physiological adaptations and that aid in assessing health status. This week Dr. Thompson continued her research at Mystic Aquarium with the goal of uncovering physiological data that may help us better understand the effects of dive behavior not only marine mammals but also humans. "The immune system plays an important role in the development of symptoms of decompression sickness, particularly inflammation," said Dr. Thompson. To examine potential changes in inflammatory markers, blow samples were collected by Dr. Thompson and Mystic Aquarium's professional animal care team before, immediately after, and 1 hour after each dive. "We hope to demonstrate blow sampling as a non-invasive sampling approach to gain information about the immune system in belugas, and also learn about how activity levels during diving may ultimately relate to avoidance of dive-related injury," added Dr. Thompson.


Mystic Aquarium & UConn Expand Partnership – Mystic Aquarium

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Mystic Aquarium's research scientists Dr. Paul Anderson, Dr. Maureen Driscoll, Dr. Laura Thompson and Dr. Ebru Unal have been appointed as Assistant Professors in Residence.


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