Dolphin Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Megan is currently pursuing her MS under the departments of Aquatic Animal Health and Comparative, Diagnostic, & Population Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and then returned to her home state of California to gain clinical experience in small animal emergency medicine. Megan has considerable international experience, including rainforest conservation in Costa Rica, public health research in rural Ghana, veterinary surgical training in Nicaragua, and expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. In 2018, she became a divemaster and began to lead SCUBA trips with a focus on marine conservation and citizen science. Her profound experiences underwater, coupled with a longstanding interest in wildlife conservation, led her to pursue a career in aquatic animal medicine.
Megan’s research is focused on the etiological and molecular basis of papillomatosis and squamous cell carcinoma in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). This research will further our understanding of this emerging disease, with the goal of guiding future diagnostic and treatment protocols.