About Me

Selmac Shoot-76I am broadly interested in acoustic ecology, from the individual-scale to the ecosystem-scale. Whether it’s a stridulating lobster, a buzzing bee, or a growling fish – natural sounds catch my attention. I have been lucky enough to travel to many extraordinary parts of this planet, from the kelp forests of California to the sand dunes of Namibia. I am a naturalist at heart, always listening as I explore.

My passion for research and discovery is matched by my passion for filmmaking and storytelling. I am also on the board of Directors for Beneath the Waves, which conducts cutting-edge scientific research, informs environmental policy, and educates the public about our oceans.


Current position

In early 2017, I started my position at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). I serve as a Bioacoustician in the Office of Environmental Programs. My primary roles are to analyze the potential impacts of noise-producing activities on marine life, synthesize and share the best-available science with others at BOEM, advise on ways to minimize harm, and to interface with other federal (and international) agencies to look for broader solutions to this complex challenge.



Post-doctoral fellowship with Smithsonian Institution’s MarineGEO program

  • Advisors: Dr. Matt Ogburn, Dr. Denise Breitburg, Dr. Andrew Altieri
  • Research projects in Panama and Chesapeake Bay, focused on relationships between bioacoustics and biodiversity, as well as the impacts of anthropogenic noise on fishes.

PhD in Applied Marine Physics from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

  • PhD received in March 2015
  • Advisor: Dr. Claire Paris
  • Recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Visit the Paris lab’s website

Duke University

  • B.S. with distinction, May 2006
  • Study abroad semester, Spring 2005 at James Cook University
  • Marine biology semester, Fall 2004 at the Duke University Marine Laboratory

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