Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego

Lab Members

Group - Summer 2016
The team near Scripps Pier, spring 2017.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Simone Baumann-Pickering

Simone Baumann-Pickering is an Associate Research Scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research covers time-series analysis of phenological patterns and spatial ecology of pelagic nekton, interactions of predators and prey, and adaptations of animals to natural and anthropogenic changes in the environment. She has carried out collaborative ecological research using advanced acoustical, optical, and environmental sampling technologies with indirect and direct applications to fisheries management.

PhD Student: Ashlyn Giddings

Portrait Ashlyn Giddings is a PhD student in biological oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She earned her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, from the University of Washington in 2014. She is interested in how the physical and chemical environment shapes deep sea community assemblages, with a focus on the California Current Ecosystem.

PhD Student: Eadoh Reshef

Portrait Eadoh Reshef is a PhD student in biological oceanography. He earned his BS in Marine Sciences, with a concentration in Marine Biology, from the University of Delaware in 2015. His interests lie in using passive and active acoustic methods to study the behavioral ecology of fish and marine mammals, as well as predator-prey interactions. Currently, his research focuses on the sound production of vertical migrators and mesopelagic fishes in the Southern California Bight.

Visiting PhD Student: Anna Meyer-Löbbecke

portrait Anna Meyer-Loebbecke is a visiting doctorate student from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. She graduated with a MS in Ecology & Biodiversity at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her current research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic noise on the acoustic behavior of different cetacean species. As part of her doctorate thesis she investigates patterns and influences of fishery-related explosions on cetaceans with a focus on beaked, fin, and blue whales. She previously worked as a research assistant in a consultancy office on the distribution and effects of offshore windfarm pile-driving noise on harbor porpoises in the North and Baltic Seas.

Visiting PhD Student: Alba Solsona Berga

portrait Alba Solsona Berga is a visiting doctorate student from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. She received her BS in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 2012, and her MS in Biological Oceanography from the University of Vigo in 2013. Her current research focuses on automated detection and classification techniques for acoustic signals, with a focus on beaked and sperm whales, and how anthropogenic noise and environmental variables influence habitat use of these species. At Scripps, she is currently detecting and estimating population sizes of sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico.
When she’s not wrestling with MATLAB, she likes to spread the knowledge and inspiration of biomimicry for sustainable innovations.

Research Staff: Jennifer Trickey

Jennifer Trickey is an acoustic ecologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Before coming to the lab in 2013, she worked for the UC Santa Cruz Pinniped Lab and the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program, and completed an MS in Zoology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her current research focuses on the echolocation signals of odontocetes, with a particular focus on beaked whale behavioral ecology, and she has also participated in marine mammal surveys off California, Hawaii, and Antarctica.

Research Staff: Ally Rice

Ally Rice is a Staff Research Associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She received her BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College in New York. She first came to SIO in the summer of 2012 as an MPL intern where she worked on a project investigating fin whale song patterns in the North Pacific. After spending a summer at OrcaLab using acoustics and land-based observation to identify orcas, she returned to SIO in 2013. Her current research focuses primarily on spatial and temporal patterns of baleen whales.



Former Lab Members

Postdoctoral researcher and PhD student: Anne Simonis

Anne Simonis was a post-doctoral researcher and PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, fascinated by behavioral acoustics, acoustic ecology and the impact sound has on our lives. Her research at SIO was focused on the California Current ecosystem. She used automatic detection and classification techniques for acoustic signals produced by dolphins, beaked whales and other odontocetes to develop predictive habitat models using long-term passive acoustic recordings.

MSc Student: Grace Teller

portrait Grace Teller was a Masters student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She earned a BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Washington. Through this program she had the opportunity to study at Friday Harbor Laboratories where she was introduced to the ecology of porpoises. With an interest and understanding of both Harbour and Dall’s porpoise Grace worked on differentiating clicks of Harbour and Dall's porpoise in order to enhance our ability of automatic detection and classification of these species.

Research Staff and Undergraduate Student: Fairlie Reese

Fairlie Reese was research staff and a bioinformatics major in the bioengineering department at UCSD.  She enjoys applying the power of computation to the field of biology. Her work in bioinformatics research is aimed to facilitate attaining useful information from large data sets.

Research Staff: Arial Brewer

portrait Arial Brewer earned her BS in marine biology from UC Santa Cruz and began working with marine mammals in 2007. She has a passion for many aspects of marine mammal science and has experience in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, training, research, and field work. Her experience includes work with The Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, The Cousteau Society, The Pinniped Cognition & Sensory Systems Lab, The Navy Marine Mammal Program, and NOAA. Arial is fascinated with cetacean behavioral acoustics and communication and has moved on to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Undergraduate Student: Ellen Jacobs

portrait Ellen Jacobs was an undergraduate student in the Biology Department of UC San Diego, majoring in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. She worked on her undergraduate honors research thesis with the lab. She was using long-term passive acoustic data to apply methods for density estimation of Cuvier's beaked whales in Southern California. She investigated changes of animal density over time and space.

Undergraduate Student: Elyse Goin

portrait Elyse Goin was an undergraduate student majoring in Marine
Biology at UCSD. She was involved with Sea World's
education and conservation department to teach the general public about marine life. As a career goal she intends to work on marine mammal conservation and management, and further the public's knowledge of the ocean. In the lab she contributed to the analysis of long-term passive acoustic data with a focus on anthropogenic noise impacts.

High-school Student: Sophie Godarzi

portrait Elyse Goin was a senior at San Marcos High School who aspires to major in either Ecology or Environmental Science. She analyzed acoustic long-term data from sites across the Southern Californian Bight to log Risso's dolphins' and Pacific White-sided dolphins' presence. She hopes to incorporate her knowledge from this experience to further her interest in environmental science and better understand important ecological effects.


BioWaves - Tina Yack
Cascadia Research Collective - Robin Baird
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany - Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler, Annette Denzinger
Marine Bioacoustics Lab, SIO, UCSD - Ana Širović
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
- Sofie Van Parijs, Danielle Cholewiak
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NOAA - Erin Oleson
Audio Processing Lab, SDSU - Marie Roch
Scripps Whale Acoustics Lab, SIO, UCSD - John Hildebrand, Sean Wiggins
Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA - Melissa Soldevilla
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA - David Demer, Jay Barlow, Robert Brownell, Jeff Moore, Shannon Rankin
Whale Acoustics - Mark McDonald