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Research in the Parks lab focuses on the ecology and evolution of acoustic signaling. Diverse research topics in the lab span the fields of behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, biological oceanography, and conservation biology. Current projects in the lab involve studies of marine and terrestrial animals ranging from observational studies characterizing the acoustic behavior of species to experimental studies investigating behavioral functions of sounds and the impacts of noise on communication. Research interests include studying the use of sound for communication, the evolution of acoustic signals, hearing abilities, and the impacts of noise on both sound production and reception.


16 Dec 2014: New article in Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences News, "Syracuse Biologist Reveals How Whales May 'Sing' for Their Supper"


16 Dec 2014: New paper published in Scientific Reports, "Evidence for acoustic communication among bottom foraging humpback whales"


18 Nov 2014: Congratulations to Leanna on being awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant!

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