The Behavioral Acoustic Ecology Group, lead by Dr. Simone Baumann-Pickering, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, investigates all aspects of acoustic behavior, sensory and behavioral ecology of a variety of marine organisms, in particular echolocation behavior and ecology of odontocetes.
We have been working on automated detection and classification of echolocation clicks to species level. As a result of this, initial monitoring of the endangered population of insular Hawaiian false killer whales is becoming possible. We have advanced our knowledge on beaked whale acoustic species description and we are now able to develop habitat and behavioral models as well as better geographic distribution maps of understudied species based on autonomous acoustic detections. We are interested in investigating the diel and seasonal presence, geographic distribution, behavioral adaptions, habitat preference, food web interactions, and response to natural or anthropogenic noise of marine species using passive acoustic methods.