Susan E. Parks
258 Life Sciences Complex
Current Lab Members
I am broadly interested in the use of acoustic monitoring tools to study cryptic and elusive species in remote locations, and to aid in conservation. My focus is on the critically endangered African forest elephants of the Congo basin rainforests. I employ acoustic sensors across the landscape to record elephant vocalizations as well as gunshots from poaching. With these data I can construct statistical models that shed light on forest elephant behavior and habitat use, and that reveal the factors that drive poaching pressure across the landscape.
My research interests are on the realm of behavioral ecology and acoustic communication. My work so far focused on evolution of acoustic communication and how anthropogenic disturbances affect in marine mammal behavior. l am also interested in how animals use acoustic signals to coordinate complex cooperative behaviors in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. I am particularly enthusiastic about using multisensory movement and acoustic tags as primary and complementary tools to study animal behavior. Read more: juliargdombroski.com