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NEFSC Passive Acoustic Group
Denise, Sofie, Danielle, and Genevieve outside NEFSC
(Photo Credit: Matt Lougee)
Sofie Van Parijs
Sofie has a BA and MA in Natural Science from Cambridge University, UK and a PhD in Zoology from Aberdeen University, UK. She worked as a postdoctoral scientist at James Cook University, Australia, the Norwegian Polar Institute in Norway, and Cornell University, USA before starting the passive acoustics research group here at the NEFSC in 2006.
Danielle has a BSc in both Biology and Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Cornell University's Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Laboratory of Ornithology. She worked as a postdoctoral scientist at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and is now a senior bioacoustician in the group working on towed array data collected from our vessel based stock assessment surveys as well as baleen whale acoustics and ocean noise research.
Genevieve has a BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton and is currently working towards her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She was a NOAA Hollings scholar in our group working on North Atlantic right whale calling behavior across seasons, after which she then joined the acoustics team as a research analyst focusing on baleen whale acoustics and our educational outreach program, NOEPS.
Dana has a dual BS in Oceanography and Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan, and a Science Masters from MIT in Geochemistry and Paleoceanography. She is currently working as database and project manager for the acoustics research program.
Annamaria has a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Research from the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland. She has worked as a research analyst at Cornell's Bioacoustics Research Program and interned at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center researching beaked whales. She is currently working with the acoustics group as a research analyst focusing on our beaked whale, sperm whale, and North Atlantic cod projects.
Chris has a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic where he focused on the photo-identification of finback whales. He has worked as a project manager with Cornell University's Bioacoustics Research Program and as manager of the Mount Desert Rock marine research station in Maine. Chris is currently working on characterizing the call behavior of sei whales in the western North Atlantic Ocean.
Julianne recently earned a BS in Zoology from Oregon State University and was a NOAA Hollings scholar in 2013 working with the acoustics group to localize sperm whales in the Western North Atlantic. Following her graduation in 2014, she worked as a hatchery technician at Snettisham Hatchery in Alaska before joining the acoustics team where she currently works as a research analyst focusing on near real-time acoustic tracking of baleen whales and the North Atlantic right whale migratory corridor project.
Grace has a BS in biology from Boston College and a MS in marine biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she worked on sea birds and stable isotopes. After graduating, she did marine mammal research in Alaska for the National Marine Mammal Lab as well as outreach science with the Pacific Science Center's, "Science on Wheels" program. She later taught biology courses at several Seattle-area community colleges. She is currently working on our NOAA Outreach and Education on Protected Species (NOEPS) program.
Jenni has a BSc in Biological Sciences, specializing in Marine Science and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Auckland's Institute of Marine Science (Leigh Marine Laboratory), and is now a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Passive Acoustic Research Group here at NEFSC and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS). Her research has largely focused on how natural and anthropogenic sources of underwater sound effects temperate and tropical marine organisms, and is currently focusing on soundscape ecology and sound production in a number of fishes and invertebrates in SBNMS.
Heather has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut. She received both her Master of Environmental Management and PhD in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University. Heather is now a postdoctoral scientist in the passive acoustics group and is currently working on a new Caribbean humpback whale project and the cod project.
Dr. Denise Risch: (2013. "Baleen whale acoustic ecology with focus on minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and reference to anthropogenic noise". Zoology, University of Kiel) Denise was a senior bioacoustician with our group from 2006-2013 and is a currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).
Dr. Robert Valtierra: (2013. "Source localization of narrow band signals in multipath environments, with application to marine mammals". Mechanical Engineering Department, Boston University) after helping with many of our engineering queries, Rob has moved on, but not without leaving us some of his masterpieces.
Dr. Ilse van Opzeeland: (2010. "Acoustic ecology of marine mammals in polar oceans". Polar and Marine Research Ocean Acoustics Lab, Alfred Wegener Institute) current researcher at Alfred Wegener Institute.
Former Postdocs and Research Assistants:
Samara Haver: current graduate student at Oregon State University
Dr. Steven Brady: postdoc who worked on incorporating acoustic detections into estimates of right whale demographics. Currently a visiting scholar in the Biology Department at Dartmouth College
Keith Hernandez: (NOAA Hollings Scholar summer 2010) current graduate student at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
Sarah Mussoline: (NOAA Hollings Scholar summer 2007) also past research assistant in Mark Baumgartner's lab at WHOI
Joy Stanistreet: (NOAA Hollings Scholar summer 2008) current graduate student at Duke University
Elizabeth Vu: (NOAA Hollings Scholar summer 2007) current graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Whale Acoustics Lab
Jillian Vitacco: current graduate student at University of Santa Cruz, Long Marine Laboratory
NOAA Hollings Scholarship (http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html)
Daniel Woodrich (Hollings Scholar Summer 2015)
Julianne Gurnee (Hollings Scholar Summer 2013)
Julia Luthringer (Hollings Scholar Summer 2012)
Genevieve Davis (Hollings Scholar Summer 2010)
Keith Hernandez (Hollings Scholar Summer 2010)
Taryn Overton (Hollings Scholar Summer 2009)
Michelle McEachern (Hollings Scholar Summer 2009)
Amy Rhoads (Hollings Scholar Summer 2008)
Joy Stanistreet (Hollings Scholar Summer 2008)
Sarah Mussoline (Hollings Scholar Summer 2007)
Elizabeth Vu (Hollings Scholar Summer 2007)
Shonda Gaylord (Hollings Scholar Summer 2007)
Rachael Dickey (Hollings Scholar Summer 2006)
Charles White (Hollings Scholar Summer 2006)
PEP program (http://www.woodsholediversity.org/pep/)
Alisa Young (PEP Summer 2014)
Myya Jackson (PEP Summer 2012)
Danielle Rodriguez (PEP Summer 2012)
James Lewis (PEP Summer 2011)
Rachel Rochon (PEP Summer 2010)
Jordan Aoyama (PEP Summer 2009)
Sabena Siddiqui (Spring 2015)
Julianne Cossavella (Graduate intern 2014)
Kelly Simonson (Summer 2014)
Sam Hommand (Summer 2013)
Sarah Strobel (Summer 2011)
Samara Haver (2011)
Lauren Gentile (Summer 2011 and 2010)
Caitlin Waring (high school intern (2010 & 2011)
Jackie Koo (High school intern (2009 & 2010)
Gabriel Poritz (2009)
Andre Guerreiro da Silva (2008-2009)
Jackie Kiernan (2006-2007)