Dr. Jennifer L. Miksis-Olds is the Director of the Center for Acoustics Research and Education.  Dr. Miksis-Olds is also a Research Professor at the University of New Hampshire holding positions in the School of Marine Science & Ocean Engineering and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. Her research employs acoustic methodologies to answer biological questions in the marine environment. Her expertise has been demonstrated in research related to animal behavior and communication, the effect of anthropogenic activities on animals and their environment, ocean soundscape monitoring and modelling, and the development of technology to observe animals in their natural environment.  Dr. Miksis-Olds serves as a Scientific Advisor to the Sound and Marine Life Joint Industry Programme (International Oil & Gas Producers) which is devoted to the study of effects of sound on marine organisms.  Dr. Miksis-Olds has been deploying both active and passive acoustic technology year-round on NOAA moorings in the Bering Sea since 2008.

Ms. Theresa Ridgeway has over 20 years experience working in the U.S. and abroad in life sciences and engineering ventures involving academia, industry, state and federal agencies, and the public. Terry specializes in project management and research collaborations including research planning and implementation, technical and grants writing, product QA/QC, and protocol development for R&D compliance. At the University of New Hampshire, she was involved in the establishment of the Center to Advance Molecular Interaction Science as well as the Non-lethal Technology Innovation Center in partnership with the Non-lethal Weapons Directorate in Quantico, VA. Formerly, CEO of FirstMile, Inc., involved with project management and research collaborations between small businesses and the military. Theresa is a Research Project Director with the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. Terry is serving as the Project and Data Manager for the AEON project.

Dr. Bruce Martin is JASCO’s Applied Sciences Manager, responsible for the design, implementation, and analysis of acoustic programs for baseline studies and measurements of the effects of man-made sources on the soundscape. Recent projects have included the Chukchi Sea acoustic monitoring project (2007-2016), Tappan Zee River baseline acoustic monitoring (Martin and Popper 2016), Pile Driving Demonstration and Production Monitoring projects (2010-2014), as well as the Outer Continental Shelf Acoustic Monitoring project for BOEM (2009-2014). Bruce was the Primary Investigator for a study of the marine mammal diversity and effects of human activity on Canada’s east coast that has deployed 20 acoustic recorders identical to the ones used by ADEON (see Report) . ADEON leverages the tools developed in these programs. Bruce is an Adjunct Professor in Oceanography at Dalhousie University where his research interests include developing automated techniques for quantifying the contribution to the soundscape from natural, anthropogenic, and biologic sources, particle motion measurements, measurement of sound from anthropogenic sources, and density estimation of marine mammals from Passive Acoustic Data.

Dr. Kevin Heaney has extensive experience in ocean acoustic propagation and modeling, optimal oceanographic sampling and data-assimilation, geo-acoustic inversion, adaptive sonar signal processing and data analysis. He has worked on a variety programs, including long-range ocean acoustic tomography, geo-acoustic inversion and rapid environmental characterization, effects of internal waves on signal coherence. Dr. Heaney has successfully transitioned algorithms to NAVOCEANO, NAVSEA and CNMOC. Dr. Heaney has been co-chief scientist on two ocean acoustic research cruises conducted by ONR. He also has significant experience in adaptive signal processing from both a modeling and an experimental perspective.

Dr. Joseph D. Warren is an associate professor (with tenure) in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on the use of active acoustics to study the distribution and abundance of nekton and zooplankton in marine and freshwater systems, as well as the bottom-up and top-down processes that affect these distributions. In addition to field surveys, his research interests include: improving the accuracy of acoustic scattering models; use of passive acoustics to study fish, mammal, and invertebrate ecology; and predator-prey (fish/zooplankton and marine mammals/seabirds/pinniped) dynamics. He has conducted acoustic surveys for more than two decades from vessels ranging from rowboats to 300 ft ice-breakers and led research projects throughout the world from the lakes of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the coastal waters of New York City to the coral reefs of Jamaica to the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

Dr. Anthony P. Lyons is a Research Professor at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Affiliate Faculty in the Ocean Engineering and Oceanography Programs at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. His research projects have included studies of shallow-water acoustic propagation, acoustic interaction with the seafloor, and high-resolution characterization of seafloor sediments. After receiving his PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University in 1995, Dr. Lyons worked in the Fine-Scale Acoustics and Oceanography Group at the SACLANT Undersea Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy, from 1995 to 2000. Previous to taking his position at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Lyons was a Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State and a Professor of Acoustics in Penn State’s Graduate Program in Acoustics. Dr. Lyons also worked for short periods in 2008 and 2014 for the US Office of Naval Research Global.

Dr. Douglas Vandemark is a Research Professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory and affiliate Professor in the Earth Science Department at the University of New Hampshire Durham. He focuses primarily on air-sea interactions with a focus on ocean remote sensing of wind waves and the air-sea exchange of momentum, heat, and mass including greenhouse gases. His research projects have included studies of microwave oceanography, salinity remote sensing as well as investigation of carbon dioxide air-sea flux and its remote sensing using satellite ocean surface topography, wind, temperature, and color measurements.

Dr. Ian Jones is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Acoustics Research and Education at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He studies passive acoustics to understand ecology involving natural sounds made and detected by fishes and aquatic invertebrates. He also studies noise from human activities such as shipping and construction, and the impacts it has on marine animals. He is investigating particle motion (the sound field quantity detected by fishes and invertebrates) in AEON and ADEON datasets and how it relates to non-acoustic oceanographic variables, the presence of fishes and invertebrates, and human activities in the oceans. Dr. Jones earned his PhD through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, during which he studied particle motion of coral reef soundscapes and squids’ behavioral responses to marine construction noise.