Welcome to the Nowacek Lab, part of the Marine Conservation Ecology group at the Duke Marine Lab.

Our lab combines research in marine mammal bioacoustics and behavioral ecology with the development of new tools for oceanographic research. Dr. Nowacek holds joint appointments in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Pratt School of Engineering, and through this unique combination we work in the novel area of Marine Conservation Technology.

Mammal Bioacoustics

Mammal Bioacoustics

We study the acoustic behavior of marine mammals via collaboration with existing tagging programs and using standalone acoustic monitors. This allows enables us to learn about the effects of anthropogenic noise on behavior.

Behavioral Ecology

Behavioral Ecology

Behavioral Ecology

Conservation Technology

Conservation Technology

Conservation Technology

Hot off the press: Studying cetacean behaviour: new technological approaches and conservation applications

“We describe several methods developed by marine mammal scientists to study behaviour, primarily of cetaceans, focusing on technological advances: unmanned aerial systems (UAS), satellite-linked telemetry, passive acoustics and multisensor high-resolution acoustic recording tags. We then go on to explain how the data collected by these methods have contributed to and informed conservation actions.” Check out the paper here.

Opportunities for PhD students in 2014

I hope to accept one or two new Ph.D. students in the fall term of 2014. The Ph.D. program requires completion of a dissertation containing the results of original and substantive research. Typically, graduate students spend several years conducting field or laboratory work after completion of courses and successful defense of their preliminary examinations. All

Call for papers – MEPS Theme Section on Marine Mammals and Ecosystem Functioning

Marine Mammals and Ecosystem Functioning What roles do marine mammals play in marine ecosystems? How have anthropogenic perturbations to marine systems affected these roles? We seek contributions for a MEPS Theme Section exploring ideas on “Marine Mammals and Ecosystem Functioning”. Contributions could be reviews or data papers. They could explore top-down processes: e.g., iron or nitrogen fertilization; cultivation grazing; trophic

SeaGlider records dolphins off the NC coast

Nowacek lab successfully deploys a digital acoustic monitor (DMON) on a SeaGlider Working with iRobot’s Maritime Division, the Nowacek lab successfully deployed a digital acoustic monitor (DMON) on a SeaGlider off the NC coast.  As part of a university-industry partnership, the Duke Marine Lab and iRobot are working together to develop new oceanographic sensors and