Research in the Bioacoustics and Behavioral Ecology Lab focuses on the ecology and evolution of acoustic signaling. Diverse research topics in the lab span the fields of behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, biological oceanography, and conservation biology. Current projects in the lab involve studies of marine and terrestrial animals ranging from studies characterizing the acoustic behavior of species to experimental studies investigating the behavioral functions of sounds and the impacts of noise on communication. Research interests include studying the use of sound for communication, the evolution of acoustic signals, soundscapes, hearing abilities, and the impacts of noise on development, behavior, sound production and reception.

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Latest News

  • May 2024 – Dana Adcock successfully defended her thesis proposal and advanced to candidacy.
  • May 2024 – Colin Swider has been awarded the Alexander Gourevitch Memorial Award in Biology by the Biology Department at Syracuse University for his outstanding doctoral research.
  • April 2024 – Julia Zeh has been awarded one of the prestigious All University Doctoral Prizes at Syracuse University in recognition of her outstanding dissertation.
  • April 2024 – Julia Zeh successfully defended her dissertation. Congrats to Dr. Zeh!
  • February 2024 – Julia Zeh has been awarded the 2024 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work.
  • December 2023 – Dana Cusano’s publication on Sei whale acoustic communication was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America!
  • May 2023 – Julia Dombroski was awarded one of 4 All University Doctoral Prizes from the College of Arts & Sciences for recognition of her outstanding dissertation.
  • April 2023 – Julia Dombroski and Colin Swider both successfully defended their Ph.D. disserations this month. Congratulations to Dr. Dombroski and Dr. Swider.