Helen Bailey

Research Professor
Helen Bailey
Research Professor
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory


Helen Bailey mainly studies protected species in order to understand their movements and habitat use, and inform conservation and management. She has published 50 journal articles, specializing in marine mammals and sea turtles. She received her B.A. (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK, and her M.Sc. in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK.  Dr. Bailey was awarded her Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen (UK) for her work on the habitat use of bottlenose dolphins. She subsequently studied the underwater sound levels and environmental impacts of offshore wind turbines on marine mammals. Dr. Bailey then received a National Research Council postdoctoral award to study migration pathways and hot spots of marine predators at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the Census of Marine Life’s Tagging of Pacific Predators project. She joined the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in 2010 where her research focuses on studying movement ecology, patterns of habitat use and behavior of marine species, and its application to management and conservation.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Spatial Ecology
  • Movement Ecology
  • Habitat use and selection modeling
  • Assessing environmental impacts of offshore energy activities


  • 2007-2010 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate. NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC/Environmental Research Division, California, U.S.A.
  • 2006 Postdoctoral Research Assistant. University of Aberdeen, Lighthouse Field Station, U.K.
  • 2002-2006 Ph.D. (Biological Sciences) University of Aberdeen, U.K.
  • 2001-2002 M.Sc. (Oceanography) University of Southampton, U.K.
  • 1998-2001 B.A. (Biological Sciences) University of Oxford, St. Hilda's College, U.K.

Recent Publications

Regularly Offered Courses

Graduate Program Foundation Areas