Vivienne J. Foroughirad

37th and O Streets, NW • Washington, DC 20007 • 202-568-3919



Behavioral ecology, genomics, evolutionary processes, social network analysis, marine mammals, conservation




Duke University, Durham, NC                                                                                                2019

Doctor of Philosophy, Marine Science and Conservation (Marine Biology Concentration)


Georgetown University, Washington, DC                                                                            2010

Bachelor of Science, Biology and French Language (minor)




2018 Duke Summer Research Fellowship                                                                                                

2017-2018 McCurdy Writing Fellowship                                                                            

2015-2017 Duke Data Expeditions Grant Renewals                                                                              

2016 NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (Australia)                                               

2015 Duke International Dissertation Research Travel Award                                                          

2014 Duke Data Expeditions Grant                                                                                                            

2013 Robert W. Safrit Jr. Fellowship                                                                                                           

2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program                                                                             

2011 Georgetown University Center for the Environment Grant                                                      

2010 Georgetown Biology Medal

2010 Outstanding Senior Thesis Presentation

2007-2010 Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar                                                          




Foroughirad, V., Levengood, AL., Mann, J., Frere, CH. (2019). Quality and quantity of genetic relatedness data affect the analysis of social structure. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13028


Miketa, M., Patterson, EM., Krzyszczyk, E., Foroughirad, V., Mann, J. (2018). Calf age and sex affects maternal diving behavior in Shark Bay bottlenose dolphins. Animal Behaviour. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.12.023


Strickland, K., Levengood, A., Foroughirad, V., Mann, J., Krzyszczyk, E., Frere. C. (2017). A framework for the identification of long-term social avoidance in longitudinal datasets. Royal Society Open Science. 4(8) doi: 10.1098/rsos.170641

Karniski, C.B., Patterson, E.M., Krzyszczyk, E., Foroughirad, V., Stanton, M.A. & J. Mann. (2015) "A comparison of survey and focal follow methods for estimating individual activity budgets of cetaceans" Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/mms.12198.

Foroughirad, V. and Mann, J. (2013) Long-term Impacts of fish provisioning on the behavior and survival of bottlenose dolphins. Biological Conservation. 160:242-249.