Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant



My research interests are in animal communication, the impact of anthropogenic noise on animal behavior, and inter-species interactions. I work primarily with marine mammals, but I am generally interested in using acoustics to investigate questions of applied ecological significance and to disseminate science to the greater public. My dissertation research addresses the impact of vessel noise on humpback whale communication in Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska. This includes investigating the persistence of non-song calls across space and time, describing the acoustic properties of non-song calls in Alaska, and investigating which adaptive strategies, if any, humpback whales employ to compensate for anthropogenic noise.


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