Education is the key to awareness. As a marine scientist, I am privileged to work closely with organisms that tend to hide from the human eye, and I feel that it is my responsibility to share my knowledge in a way that resounds with both my peers in the scientific community and the broader public. Publications are more than symbols of affirmation for my research – they are also valuable educational tools.

Here you can find both my scientific publications and science journalism pieces published for a variety of sources. For more samples of my writing and updates on my current fieldwork, please visit the BLOG page. 



McInturf, A., Pollack, L., Yang, L.H., and Spiegel, O. (2019). Vectors with autonomy: what distinguishes animal-mediated nutrient transport from abiotic vectors? Biological Reviews.

McInturf, A., Steel, A., Buckhorn, M., Sandstrom, P., Slager, C.J., Fangue, N., Klimley, A.P., Caillaud, D. (2019). Use of a hydrodynamic model to examine behavioral response of broadnose sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) to estuarine tidal flow. Environmental Biology of Fishes.



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Marine Bioinvasions: The Biologist’s Eyes

The Charles W. Morgan is not just a piece of living history. Through her 38th Voyage, the ship also provides a window into the biological past. 

History Alive: The Future of the Past

For those fortunate enough to visit the ship at her home in Mystic Seaport, to step on her deck is to be inspired by what she accomplished both in her whaling career and during the 38th Voyage. 

Ishmael’s Plankton Net: Teaching Marine Science Aboard the Charles W. Morgan

“What are you doing?” he asks. Accustomed to such questions, Molly responds with one enthusiastic word: “Science!”

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The Pressure is On: From Whales to Conservation

In this era of technological innovation, the whalers leave a legacy that they never could have imagined. 

Whaling Through Wind and Weather

Even more than the presence of whales, this subtle factor contributed heavily to the success of a whaling expedition. 

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A Living, Breathing, Nutrient-Recycling Bin

When whales return to the surface to breathe, they make their own nutrient contribution to the photic zone. This form of nutrient-recycling - known as a “whale pump” - helps maintain photosynthesis in areas frequented by whales. 

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The Greatest Naturalists on Earth

The data collection of the past few weeks has allowed the voyagers a deeper understanding of the waters they traverse. With this in mind, the possibility of finally sighting a whale becomes even more exciting. 

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Captain Ahab’s Copepods

These minuscule organisms do more than just feed Melville’s monsters. 

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Secchi Disk: The Scientific Frisbee

“Though the odds of a whale sighting while at port in Buzzards Bay were quite low at this time of year…”

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Eavesdropping on Echolocation

As hydrophones of the twenty-first century replace the harpoons of old, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a poignant example of how our changing perspective of the ocean inspires new forms of science. 

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Maury’s Ghost: How History and Science Unite on the 38th Voyage

The practice of maintaining a scientific logbook is more than just tradition - it is crucial to our understanding of our modern-day sea. 

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When Stars Become Satellites: Navigating and Science

The 38th Voyage marks the first time that twenty-first century navigational equipment has found a home on this nineteenth-century vessel. 

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It’s Raining Buckets: Simple Tools and Climate Monitoring

This simple bucket can be used to simultaneously provide at least four different types of scientific data during each sampling period on the 38th Voyage. 



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DERRY TO GALWAY on celtic mist
Irish whale and dolphin group

On Monday, July 16th, Celtic Mist floated among the many clippers docked in Lough Foyle, all of which were adorned with colourful flags in the spirit of the local maritime festival. The ship itself would be recognizable to those familiar with the IWDG; however, the same could not be said for her new crew...

Photo © Ben Leeson

Photo © Ben Leeson

Tagging tigers on the line
save our seas foundation

In the glowing light of emerging daybreak I could barely see the numbers on my watch: 6.30. The air was chilly and all I could hear was the gentle slapping of water against the hull of the boat...

Photo © Charlotte Sams

Photo © Charlotte Sams

bimini biological field station

HERE COMES THE RAIN: “My jacket is wet.” “My SHOES are wet!” “It is well and truly coming down out there.”...

HOME ECONOMICS WITH THE SHARK LAB: When referring to the act of sewing, most have a very classic cultural image in mind: perhaps cross-stitch, needlepoint, or maybe weaving a tapestry on a loom...