Elisa is a marine biologist from Italy. Her main interest is marine acoustics, and in particular marine mammal communication and underwater noise. She has a degree in Natural Science from the University of Trieste (Italy), and an MRes in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St. Andrews (UK). From 2006 to 2007 she worked on a thesis project on humpback whale songs in Hawaii. She then worked as a research assistant in Iceland and the UK doing visual and acoustic monitoring of whales and dolphins. In 2011 she got a job as a marine acoustic technician doing marine mammal mitigation during oil and gas exploration and piling operations. In 2013, Elisa joined CEAL where she is currently doing a PhD looking at the effects of noise on the vocal behaviour of singing humpback whales.


Conference Presentations

Girola E., Noad M., Dunlop R., Cato D., 2015. The acoustical characteristics of humpback whale song units.  Poster presented at the 21st Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, 14th-19th December 2015, San Francisco, US.

Girola E., Darling J., Straley J., 2013. Quantifying year around changes in a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) song unit using multivariate statistics and artificial neural networks. Poster presented at the 20th Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, 9th-13th December 2013, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Girola E., Darling J., 2010. Comparison of the songs of smaller and larger humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Poster presented at the 24th Conference of the European Cetacean Society, 22nd-24th March 2010, Stralsund, Germany.