Despite growing up in a landlocked US city far from the ocean, Kate’s desire to study cetaceans has been lifelong. She graduated in 2013 from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with degrees in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. While at Eckerd, she completed a Senior Thesis that utilised passive acoustics to quantify the relative abundance of bottlenose dolphins during a severe harmful algal bloom event in Tampa Bay, Florida in 2005. However, it was her first field experience in Southeast Alaska as an assistant with the Alaska Whale Foundation’s (AWF) Rapunzel Project in 2012, that sparked in her a keen interest of humpback whale acoustics.

Over the past several years, Kate has gained cetacean research experience through her involvement with a variety of different projects, including the Capricorn Cetaceans Project in Queensland, Australia where she assisted with the photo ID and genetic sampling of Australian snubfin dolphins and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. She also spent 11 months as a research assistant with the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL) of Flinder’s University. Her time with CEBEL was spent researching burrunan dolphins (Tursiops australis) in South Australia, collecting baseline information of Australian humpback dolphins around Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and participating with blue whale tagging in the Bonney Upwelling off the southern Australian coast.

Kate volunteered for BRAHSS’ 2014 field season and began her PhD with the CEAL team in July 2015. She is investigating the sound production and communication of mother/calf humpback pairs, and whether they modify their calling behaviour based upon their social environment. 

Selected Publications

Indeck, K. L., Simard, P., Gowans, S., Lowerre-Barbieri, S. & Mann, D. A. (2015). A severe red tide (Tampa Bay, 2005) causes an anomalous decrease in biological sound.  Royal Society Open Science. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150337

Cosentino B.J., et al. (2014). Citizen science reveals widespread negative effects of roads on amphibian distributions. Biological Conservation 180, 31 – 38.

Conference Presentations

Indeck, K., Noad, M. & Dunlop, R. (2017). Female-calf communication in migrating humpback whales. Invited seminar at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR, USA, 9th November, 2017.

Indeck, K., Noad, M. & Dunlop, R. (2017). The repertoire and contextual use of social vocalizations in humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf pairs. Poster presented at the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals for the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN, 22nd – 27th October, 2017.

Indeck, K., Noad, M. & Dunlop, R. (2017). Female-calf communication in migrating humpback whales. Presentation given at the 3rd Annual School of Veterinary Science Research Conference, Gatton, QLD, Australia, 28th September, 2017.

Indeck, K., Noad, M. & Dunlop, R. (2016). The contextual use and effects on production of mother-calf communication signals in humpback whales. Presentation given at the 3rd Student Conference of the Australia/New Zealand Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Adelaide, South Australia, 23rd – 25th November, 2016.

Indeck, K., Simard, P., Gowans, S., Barbieri, S. & Mann, D. (2013). Bottlenose dolphin relative abundance and acoustic behavior during a severe harmful algal bloom (Tampa Bay, 2005). Presentation given at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium, Jacksonville, FL, USA, 22nd-24th March, 2013.


Featured projects Duration
Humpback whale social sounds