My research focuses primarily on the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine wildlife and the natural function of marine wildlife signals. These interests grew out of humpback whale-sound playback experiments conducted at UH in the mid-1980s. My subsequent dissertation used both acoustic and visual tracking methods to learn more about humpback whale distribution, behavior and bioacoustics. Since then, I have investigated diverse aspects of marine animal behavior and bioacoustics. These pursuits have involved many other collaborators in different parts of the world including censusing bowhead whales on the North Slope of Alaska,and studying sperm whale behavior in New Zealand
Instruction Focus I continue my strong commitment to teaching, mentoring and citizen science through several venues. From 1996 to present, I have taught for the Bioacoustical Oceanography workshops and the Bioacoustics Oceanography field courses in Hawai‘i for Cornell University. I integrate educational outreach activities into my research whenever possible as a way to serve local communities. I have served on graduate committees for four different students at Texas A&M, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina State University and Georgetown University.