Mandy Keogh, Ph.D.
Mandy is the marine mammal stranding coordinator for the Alaska Region. Prior to NOAA Fisheries, Mandy was a wildlife physiologist in the marine mammal program at ADF&G where she conducted field and laboratory based research on projects involving Cook Inlet beluga whales, northern fur seals, Steller sea lions, and other marine mammals throughout Alaska. Previously, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the Mystic Aquarium, and prior to that she was an assistant professor of biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mandy completed her PhD on endocrine and immune profiles of pinnipeds at University of Alaska Fairbanks working with the Alaska SeaLife Center. Her Masters focused on dolphins at San Diego State University via the Navy's marine mammal program, and her bachelors in marine biology is from Texas A&M. Mandy has previous experience working with the marine mammal stranding networks in Texas, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Alaska. It was while working with stranding networks that Mandy became interested in marine mammal health and physiology and where she saw first-hand the importance of samples and data collected from stranded marine mammals.