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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

    • Root-Gutteridge, H., Cusano, D.A., Shiu, Y., Nowacek, D.P., Van Parijs, S.M., Parks, S.E. (2018). A lifetime of changing calls: North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, refine call production as they age. Animal Behaviour, 137, 21-34.
    • Petraccione, J., Root-Gutteridge, H., Cusano, D., Parks, S.E. (2017). Exploring the early social affiliations and behaviour of a captive Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) calf. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 5(3), 131-136.
    • Risch, D., & Parks, S. E. (2017). Biodiversity Assessment and Environmental Monitoring in Freshwater and Marine Biomes using Ecoacoustics. Farina, A. and Gage, S. eds., Ecoacoustics: The Ecological Role of Sounds, Wiley, p 145-168.
    • Matthews,L.P., Parks, S.E., Fournet, M.E.H, Gabriele,C.M., Womble, J.N., Klinck, H. (2017). Source levels and call parameters of harbor seal breeding vocalizations near a terrestrial haulout site in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters, 141(3), EL274-EL280.
    • Dombroski, J. R. G., Parks, S.E., Groch, K. R., Flores, P. A. C., and Sousa-Lima, R. S. (2016). Vocalizations produced by southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) mother-calf pairs in a calving ground off Brazil. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140, 1850-1857.
    • Blair, H., Merchant, N., Friedlaender, A., Wiley, D.N., Parks, S.E. (2016). Evidence for ship noise impacts on humpback whale foraging behavior. Biology Letters.
    • Cusano, D. A., Matthews, L. P., Grapstein, E., & Parks, S. E. (2016). Effects of Increasing Temperature on Acoustic Advertisement in the Tettigoniidae. Journal of Orthoptera Research, 25(1), 39-47.
    • Tennessen, J.B., Parks, S.E., Tennessen, T.P., Langkilde, T.L. (2016). Raising a racket: invasive species compete acoustically with native treefrogs. Animal Behaviour, 114: 53-61.
    • Parks, S.E., Cusano, D.A., Stimpert, A.K., Weinrich, M.T., Friedlaender, A.S., Wiley, D.N. (2014). Evidence for acoustic communication among bottom foraging humpback whales. Scientific Reports 4: 7508.
    • Parks, S.E., Miksis-Olds, J.L., Denes, S.L. (2014). Assessing marine ecosystem acoustic diversity across ocean basins. Ecological Informatics 21: 81-88.
    • Hotchkin, C., Parks, S. (2013). The Lombard effect and other noise-induced vocal modifications: insight from mammalian communication systems. Biological Reviews 88(4): 809-824.
    • 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.
    • Parks, S.E., Warren, J.D., Stamieszkin, K., Mayo, C.A., Wiley, D. (2012). Dangerous dining: surface foraging of North Atlantic right whales increases risk of vessel collisions. Biology Letters 8: 57-60.
    • Parks, S.E., Johnson, M., Nowacek, D., Tyack P.L. (2010) Individual right whales call louder in increased environmental noise. Biology Letters. vol. 7(1), 33-35.
    • 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.