Welcome to the Nowacek Acoustics and Engineering 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. 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 passive and digital acoustic monitors. This approach enables us to learn about the effects of anthropogenic noise on animal behavior, since sound propagates very efficiently through sea water.

Tagging Projects

Behavioral Ecology

Behavioral Ecology

The behavioral ecology of marine animals (e.g., foraging behavior, social behavior and communication) is important to understanding the long-term fitness of a species. Our studies involve tagging programs and observations in the field, as well as predictive modeling in the lab to better protect species of interest.

Research

Conservation Technology

Conservation Technology

Oceanographic research relies heavily on data collection technology, especially in this era of increased capabilities of miniaturized electronics and unmanned vehicles. We develop new technologies for marine conservation research ranging from unmanned aerial systems, sensor development, to integrated acoustics.

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