Dara Orbach
Last update: July 2016

e-mail: dnorbach(at)gmail.com


I am broadly interested in the coevolution of anatomy and behavior (both within and between the sexes), reproductive morphology, sociobiology, and decision-making processes. During my master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario, I assessed how bats use their sensory systems to respond to cues and resources in their environments. My doctoral research at Texas A&M University at Galveston applied comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to assess pre- and post-copulatory mechanisms of paternity control in cetaceans. I am currently an Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University. I am exploring evolutionarily and ecologically significant patterns of distinction between male and female northern bottlenose whales in collaboration with Dr. Hal Whitehead (http://whitelab.biology.dal.ca/). I am also investigating genital morphology and copulatory fit in marine mammals in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Brennan at Mount Holyoke College (http://www.pattybrennan.com/). I am open to collaborations with researchers possessing diverse field expertise and perspectives across a broad range of taxa and study systems.