Andrew Allyn

Department of Environmental Conservation: Wildlife, fish and conservation biology

Research Interests include the interactions among marine organisms and their physical environment, and more specifically, how understanding these relationships can help to guide offshore wind energy development plans.

After graduating from Connecticut College in 2007, Andrew worked as a research technician on a seabird project in Prince William Sound, Alaska. His work there included at-sea surveys for marine birds and mammals, and during this work he was introduced to the rare and declining Kittlitz’s Murrelet. With much of Kittlitz’s Murrelet ecology a mystery because of the species’ patchy distributions, and cryptic nesting behavior, Andrew devised a master’s project that focused on updating the Prince William Sound population estimate for this species, as well as investigating Kittlitz’s Murrelet habitat use, diet and foraging ecology. Since completing his Alaska fieldwork, Andrew has shifted his focus to seabirds in the Gulf of Maine, working as the island supervisor of the Petit Manan Island seabird colony in the summer of 2011. He hopes to use his experience in seabird ecology as he continues to investigate the relationships among species and their marine environment; ultimately, Andrew would like to synthesize physical and biological data to develop marine ecosystem integrity maps to guide offshore wind energy development plans.