Researcher biography

The perception and use of sound by humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).

I'm one of several PIs on a large international collaboration, the Humpback whale Acoustic Research Collaboration, or HARC, which is looking at this off the east coast of Australia. I'm also interested in other aspects of the ecology of the east Australian population of humpback whales, cultural evolution and transmission of song patterns within and among populations of humpback whales, the development of acoustic survey techniques for cetaceans, the potential pathological effects of underwater noise on marine mammals, acoustic communication and behaviour in other taxa, particularly birds, and in the ecology of the leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum).