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Susan E.  Parks

Susan E. Parks

Associate Professor
Department of Biology

258 Life Sciences Complex

Research and Teaching Interests

Behavioral ecology, acoustic communication, marine science, conservation biology.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2003) 
  • BA, Cornell University (1998)

    Selected Publications

    • Parks, S.E., Miksis-Olds, J.L., Denes, S.L. (2013) Assessing marine ecosystem acoustic diversity across ocean basins. Ecological Informatics. Published online before print Nov. 12 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2013.11.003.
    • Hotchkin, C., Parks, S. (2013) The Lombard effect and other noise-induced vocal modifications: insight from mammalian communication systems. Biological Reviews. Published online before print Feb. 26 2013. doi: 10.1111/brv.12026.
    • Rolland, R.M., Parks, S.E., Hunt, K.E., Castellote, M., Corkeron, P.J., Nowacek, D.P., Wasser, S.K., Kraus, S.D. (2012) Evidence that ship noise increases stress in right whales. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Published online before print Feb. 8 2012. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2429.
    • Parks, SE, Warren, JD, Stamieszkin, K, Mayo, CA, Wiley,D 2011. Dangerous dining: surface foraging of North Atlantic right whales increases risk of vessel collisions. Biology Letters. Published online before print Aug. 3 2011. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0578.
    • Parks, SE, Johnson, M, Nowacek, D, Tyack PL (2010) Individual right whales call louder in increased environmental noise. Biology Letters. vol. 7(1), 33-35. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0451.
    • Van Parijs, S., Clark, C. W., Sousa-Lima, R. S., Parks, S. E., Rankin, S., Risch, D. & Van Opzeeland, I. C. 2009. Management and research applications of real time and archival passive acoustic sensors over varying temporal and spatial scales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 395, 21-36.
    • Parks, S.E., Urazghildiiev, I., Clark, C.W. (2009) Variability in ambient noise levels and call parameters of North Atlantic right whales in three habitat areas. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(2), 1230-1239.
    • Parks, S.E., Clark,C.W., Tyack, P.L. (2007) Short and long-term changes in right whale calling behavior: the potential effects of noise on communication. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122(6), 3725-3731.
    • Parks, S.E., Ketten, D.R., O’Malley, J.T., Arruda, J. (2007) Anatomical predictions of hearing in the North Atlantic right whale. The Anatomical Record, 290, 734-744.
    • Parks, S.E., Tyack, P.L. (2005) Sound production by North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) in surface active groups. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117(5),3297-3306.