Hilary received her B.Sc. in the Biological Sciences with distinction in research from Cornell University in 2011. Her undergraduate research honors thesis focused on visual communication, specifically the evolution of luminescent courtship signals in Caribbean ostracods. Also as an undergraduate, she was exposed to chemical communication in an NSF-funded REU program in Bermuda studying pheromones of the Yellowline Arrow Crab. Back at Cornell she met Dr. Chris Clark of the Bioacoustics Research Lab, who intrigued her with stories of whales singing in NYC harbor. These experiences helped Hilary realize her interests lay in marine communication.
After college she worked at Algenol Biofuels in Fort Myers, Florida for 5.5 years as a research associate. Simultaneously, she completed her master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University. At present she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Oceanography here at the University of New Hampshire. Broadly, her work will examine the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine life. Ultimately, she would like to pursue research that has a direct influence on marine policy and noise regulation in the ocean.