Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
Sound propagates very efficiently through sea water, and marine mammals take advantage of this medium to communicate and explore their environment. My research is focused on the link between acoustic and motor behavior in marine mammals, primarily cetaceans and manatees, specifically, how they use sound in ecological processes. The cetaceans, or whales and dolphins, are divided into two main groups, the toothed whales (odontocetes) and the baleen whales (mysticetes). One of my specific areas of research is the use of echolocation and foraging behavior in one of the odontocetes, the bottlenose dolphin. Another focus of my current research is the effect(s) of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: Duke Univ Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516
- Office Phone: (252) 504-7566
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
- B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, 1991
Link between acoustic and motor behavior in marine mammals, specifically, how they use sound in ecological processes. Development of tools for marine conservation research
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Visiting Scholar. University of Tasmania. 2013
- BIOLOGY 270A: Conservation Biology and Policy
- BIOLOGY 279LA: Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
- BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study
- BIOLOGY 784LA: Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
- ECE 384LA: Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
- ECE 461: Ocean Engineering
- ECE 784LA: Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
- ENVIRON 270A: Conservation Biology and Policy
- ENVIRON 280LA: Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
- ENVIRON 461: Ocean Engineering
- ENVIRON 709A: Conservation Biology and Policy
- ENVIRON 784LA: Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
- ENVIRON 790: Special Topics
- ENVIRON 790SA: Duke-Administered Study Away: Special Topics
- ME 426: Ocean Engineering
In the News
- Man-Made Sounds Damage Marine Life. Duke Researchers Are Trying to Protect Them (Mar 26, 2019)
- At Beaufort, the Ocean Is For Engineering Study, Too (Jul 17, 2018 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Duke Marine Lab's Stunning Journey to Study Antarctic Whales (Jan 19, 2018 | Nicholas School of the Environment)
- Turn Down the Volume: New Guide Helps Reduce Seismic Surveys Impacts on Marine Species (Sep 11, 2016)
- A group of scientists is begging Obama to save right whales (Apr 15, 2016 | The Huffington Post)
- Asking President Obama to Save Right Whales (Apr 14, 2016)
- Douglas Nowacek comments: Deafening Atlantic oil prospecting to go ahead despite threat to marine life (Mar 30, 2016 | The Guardian)
- Douglas Nowacek: Marine life needs protection from noise pollution (Sep 14, 2015 | Scientific American, Nature)
- New International Standards Needed To Manage Ocean Noise (Sep 2, 2015)
- Researchers recommend treating ocean seismic testing as pollution (Sep 2, 2015 | The News & Observer)
- Nicholas' Nowacek Testifies Before Congress On Impacts Of Seismic Activity On Marine Life (Jul 15, 2015)
- Douglas Nowacek comments: Science panel weighs in on potential impacts of seismic testing off N.C. coast (Apr 28, 2015 | WHQR-Wilmington)
- A whale of a fight is brewing over Atlantic coastal drilling (Feb 25, 2015 | McClatchy DC)
- The whale savers (Oct 20, 2014 | Christian Science Monitor)
- Minke Whales Lunge Up To 100 Times An Hour To Feed Under Sea Ice (Aug 14, 2014)
- Howle, LE; Kraus, SD; Werner, TB; Nowacek, DP, Simulation of the entanglement of a North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) with fixed fishing gear, Marine Mammal Science, vol 35 no. 3 (2019), pp. 760-778 [10.1111/mms.12562] [abs].
- van der Hoop, JM; Nousek-McGregor, AE; Nowacek, DP; Parks, SE; Tyack, P; Madsen, PT, Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales, Functional Ecology., vol 33 no. 7 (2019), pp. 1290-1306 [10.1111/1365-2435.13357] [abs].
- Parks, SE; Cusano, DA; Van Parijs, SM; Nowacek, DP, North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) acoustic behavior on the calving grounds., The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 146 no. 1 (2019) [10.1121/1.5115332] [abs].
- Wang, Z-T; Akamatsu, T; Nowacek, DP; Yuan, J; Zhou, L; Lei, P-Y; Li, J; Duan, P-X; Wang, K-X; Wang, D, Soundscape of an Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) hotspot before windfarm construction in the Pearl River Estuary, China: Do dolphin engage in noise avoidance and passive eavesdropping behavior?, Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol 140 (2019), pp. 509-522 [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.013] [abs].
- Elliott, BW; Read, AJ; Godley, BJ; Nelms, SE; Nowacek, DP, Critical information gaps remain in understanding impacts of industrial seismic surveys on marine vertebrates, Endangered Species Research, vol 39 (2019), pp. 247-254 [10.3354/esr00968] [abs].