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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.


9 Apr 2014: Congratulations to PhD student Leanna Matthews for passing her qualifying exams!


26 Mar 2014: New article on Nature World News, "Endangered Right Whale Breeding Ground Amid Shipping Lane Surveyed With Acoustic Monitoring Devices"


25 Mar 2014: New article in Syracuse University News, "SU biologists use sound to identify breeding grounds of endangered whales"

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