Susan E. Parks

Associate Professor, Biology

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.

    Research Spotlight


    Research in the Parks lab focuses on the ecology and evolution of acoustic signaling. Diverse research topics in the lab span the fields of behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, biological oceanography, and conservation biology. Current projects in the lab involve studies of marine and terrestrial animals ranging from observational studies characterizing the acoustic behavior of species to experimental studies investigating behavioral functions of sounds and the impacts of noise on communication.