Douglas Nowacek

Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Distinguished Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
Associate Professor
Professor
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
Sound propagates very efficiently through sea water, and marine mammals take advantage of this medium to communicate and explore their environment. My research is focused on the link between acoustic and motor behavior in marine mammals, primarily cetaceans and manatees, specifically, how they use sound in ecological processes. The cetaceans, or whales and dolphins, are divided into two main groups, the toothed whales (odontocetes) and the baleen whales (mysticetes). One of my specific areas of research is the use of echolocation and foraging behavior in one of the odontocetes, the bottlenose dolphin. Another focus of my current research is the effect(s) of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals.

Education

  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999)
  • B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University (1991)

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

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Duke University Energy Initiative
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Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

919-613-1305