Sarah Piwetz
Last update: July 2016

e-mail: sarahpiwetz(at)


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston. I am broadly interested in marine mammal behavioral ecology and how anthropogenic input in marine environments affects natural behaviors of marine mammals. My dissertation research focuses on behavior and fine-scale movement patterns of delphinids in coastal marine environments relative to human activity. I conduct primarily shore-based theodolite tracking of dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) off New Zealand, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) off Hong Kong, and common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Galveston, Texas, U.S.A. I study each species/habitat independently and will further compare the diverse pressures among habitats relative to human-wildlife overlap. Prior to beginning graduate school, I earned a B.S. in Sport Management (Applied Learning and Development) from the University of Texas at Austin where I was a member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team (NCAA Division I), and a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston.