I graduated with a PhD in Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research interests are broadly focused on using passive acoustic monitoring techniques to study the acoustic communication and behavior of cetaceans. I am interested in applying these methods to better understand the distribution and abundance of cetacean species, particularly in areas critical for conservation and management.

I previously received a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to beginning graduate studies at Duke, I worked with the Protected Species Branch at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. I was involved in several passive acoustic monitoring projects investigating the effects of anthropogenic ocean noise on marine mammal communication, and operated a towed hydrophone array on shipboard cetacean abundance surveys in both the Atlantic and Pacific.


Stanistreet JE, Risch D, Van Parijs SM (2013). Passive Acoustic Tracking of Singing Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on a Northwest Atlantic Feeding Ground. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61263.

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