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Christin Khan in observation bubble with headset.

Christin Khan

Research Fish Biologist
Resource Evaluation and Assessment
Protected Species
Office: (617) 256-4452
Email: christin.khan@noaa.gov

Christin Khan

Research Fish Biologist

Current Activities

Christin Khan is a Fishery Biologist in the Protected Species Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole. She is an aerial survey observer and data manager of the North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Survey which conducts aerial surveys to monitor right whale abundance and distribution from New Jersey to Canada. When not in the air, Christin also works on right whale social behavior, automated image recognition, right whale outreach signs, the Right Whale Sighting Advisory System, interactive Google map, and the Whale Alert app.

ResearchGate: researchgate.net/profile/Christin_Khan

Background

Christin received a B.S. from Northeastern University in 1998, and a M.S. from San Francisco State University in 2004. During her time in California, she monitored the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on harbor seals on the Richmond Bridge Harbor Seal Survey and conducted her thesis research on vocal development of harbor seal pups at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

In 2005, she discovered her love of both aerial surveys and right whales while flying for Wildlife Trust in Georgia. She has since led right whale aerial survey projects for Wildlife Trust in South Carolina and for the Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts.

Christin came to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole as a contractor in 2008 flying marine mammal surveys including the North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Survey, Mid-Atlantic Cetacean Abundance Surveys, and the Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species. In 2011, she was hired on as a full time employee.