Autumn-Lynn Harrison

Photo of Autumn-Lynn Harrison Research Ecologist
Smithsonian Institution
Phone: 202-633-4175

Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Animal Migration, Seabirds, Shorebirds, Seals, Migratory Connectivity, Animal Tracking, Habitat Modeling, Marine Spatial Planning

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Harrison is a research ecologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and a lead of the Migratory Connectivity Project, based at the Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C. USA. She studies the migrations of marine and coastal animals including field and quantitative approaches to studying animal movement and habitat use and applying scientific research to policy questions related to transboundary conservation and management and marine spatial planning. She has led field projects to deploy electronic tracking devices on seabirds and shorebirds breeding in the Chesapeake Bay and the Arctic, and seals and sea lions in South Africa and California. Dr. Harrison was a researcher with the Tagging of Pacific Predators, a project of the Census of Marine Life, and she contributed to United Nations efforts to identify ecologically significant areas for migratory animals in the world’s oceans. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean project (MiCO), which aims to synthesize data globally on areas and migration routes used by marine migratory species. Autumn-Lynn is originally from Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and also has background training in estuarine ecology and the history of the Chesapeake Bay region.


  • University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012, Ph.D., Marine Ecology
  • James Cook University, Australia 2001, Graduate Diploma of Science, Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science
  • Virginia Tech, 2000, B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Science / Environmental Science (dual degree)

Other Research

Other research includes a focus on historical ecology and public history:

  • History of seabird bycatch in the oceans,
  • History of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (1963-1969);
  • How public philanthropy created a National Park (Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park), a big data project in collaboration with Clemson University and the National Park Service.


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