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PhD students

Brian Branstetter

PhD 2005: Sound localization and auditory perception by an echolocating bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Kim Andrews

PhD 2009: Barriers to Gene Flow in the Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris)

T. Aran Mooney

PhD 2008: Temporal effects of sound on the odontocete auditory system: an electrophysiological analysis.

PhD 2010: Non-song sound production and its behavioral context in humpback
whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Laura Kloepper

PhD, 2012: Dynamics of echolocation in odontocetes

Giacomo Giorli

PhD 2015: Deep Diving Odontocetes Foraging Strategies: Using Acoustical Techniques to Investigate on Odontocetes' Deep Sea Foraging and Foraging Fields

2016-2017: Post-Doc

Adrienne Copeland

University of Hawaii at Manoa/NOAA

PhD 2016: Influences of spatial and temporal variability of sound scattering layers on deep diving odontocetes behavior

Kristen Taylor

PhD 2013: Directional Hearing and a Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF) of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Lee Shannon

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Kelly Benoit-Bird

PhD 2003: Dynamics of the Hawai‘ian Mesopelagic Boundary Community and their effects on Predator Foraging

2003-2004: Post-Doc

PhD 2005: Auditory perception of three Delphinid species: the false killer whale, the bottlenose dolphin, and the Risso’s dolphin.

Marc Lammers

PhD 2003: The Behavior and broadband acoustic signaling of Hawaiian spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris)

2003-2007: Post-Doc

2007-2017: Assistant/Associate Researcher

Stuart Ibsen

PhD 2006: Use of phantom echo techniques to determine echolocation parameters and strategies of dolphins

Michael Richlen, PhD

PhD 2018: Underwater Passive Acoustic Monitoring Around Kauai, Hawaii 

Adam Smith

PhD 2017:  Characteristics of hearing and echolocation in under-studied odontocete species

PhD 2017: Acoustic ecology of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

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Master's students


Aliza Milette-Winfree

M.A. 2015: It Takes Two: the simulation of a social interaction to quantify variations in acoustic cues with animal position and head morphology.

Sanami Nakayama

M.S. 2015: Evoked Potential (AEP) system by measuring the hearing of a false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)

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Liah McPherson

M.S. 2023: Abundance and demographic parameters of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris subsp.) off Oʻahu's Waiʻanae Coast.


Post-doctoral fellows

Julie Owald

2007-2009: Post doctoral researcher

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Dera Look

1997-2009: Animal Care and Training

Andrew Brown

2012-2017: Animal care and special projects

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Linda Choy

Enjoying retirement

1993-2015: Director's assistant

Christopher Quintos

2003/2007/2009-2013: Animal care and training

Stephanie Vlachos

MMRP Cetacean stranding response and NOAA/PSD/NMFS (Hawaiian monk seal program) volunteer

2005-2015: Animal care and training

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Visiting students and interns

Visiting Students

Chong Wei

2013-2015: Doctoral student (PhD 2016: The Physical Mechanism of Beam Formation in Dolphin’s Biosonar)

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