Virginia began her PhD in 2018. Her project aims to investigate the inter-specific interactions between four marine top predators, and the influence of the environment on these interactions. In particular, she will research how bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise, harbour and grey seals, overlap temporally and spatially in the Moray Firth. She will then use this information to increase our understanding of how these species share their environment.
Virginia graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology. She carried out her honours project at the Field Station, which focused on the detection performance of CPODs. In 2017 and 2018, she also worked at the Field Station analysing acoustic data and assisting with the bottlenose dolphin photo-ID project. She developed her interest in cetaceans working for the Tethys Research Institute in Italy, her home country.