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Danielle Ferraro

Research Assistant

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in marine conservation, habitat mapping, and ocean exploration. I am also motivated to promote ocean literacy so that the relationship between people and the ocean is more widely understood.

My thesis research involves better understanding the impact of commercial dredging on the sea scallop fishery. Dredging is an industry-wide method of harvesting scallops from the seafloor, but it has the potential to damage the animals it does not collect. To better quantify this, we deploy an autonomous underwater vehicle off a commercial scallop fishing boat to take images of the seafloor. These images  allow us to make precise calculations of incidental mortality as a result of dredging. The results of this project will be directly disseminated to fishery managers so that we can fill in important management gaps, and continue to keep the sea scallop fishery sustainable.

To see what other projects I'm involved in, check out the Robotics Discovery Laboratory website and the Team Habitat Mapping Facebook page.


M.S. Oceanography; University of Delaware; August 2016

B.S. Environmental Science, Marine Studies Minor; University of Delaware; January 2014






CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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