I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Comparative Bioacoustics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, Netherlands), where I study animal communication in various systems, including sperm whales, African penguins, harbor seals, and domestic dogs. I received my Ph.D. in Biology from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) in 2022. For my thesis, I investigated spatial and temporal variation in sperm whale coda dialects over time and was supervised by Dr. Hal Whitehead. In 2014, I received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Psychology with a minor in environmental science from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States).
MY PATH TO BIOACOUSTICS
During and after my B.Sc., I held a number of internships, jobs, and field assistantships. These positions, which ranged from sea turtle rehabilitation to deep sea squid genetics research, allowed me to gain technical experience in various disciplines. My work with both the Cedar Key Dolphin Project (Crystal River, Florida, United States) and the San Antonio Model Bay Project (Las Grutas, Argentina) convinced me that bioacoustics was the field for me. During my Ph.D., I assisted with two additional cetacean field studies: the Northern Bottlenose Whale Project and the Dominica Sperm Whale Project.