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Douglas Wartzok



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Douglas Wartzok received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Andrews University, a M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Biophysics (Neurophysiology) from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been a faculty member and academic administrator at Johns Hopkins University (Assistant and Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Ecology and Behavior in the School of Public Health), Purdue University (Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Fort Wayne campus), University of Missouri-St. Louis (Professor, Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research), and Florida International University (Professor, Dean of the University Graduate School, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Research, and currently Interim Provost and Executive Vice President).

His research on marine mammals has taken him from the Arctic Ocean to Antarctica to study seals, whales and walrus. He, along with his colleagues and graduate students, has developed acoustic tracking systems for studying seals, and radio and satellite tracking systems for studying whales. His research focuses on behavioral and physiological ecology of marine mammals; sensory systems involved in under-ice navigation by seals; and psycho-physiological studies of captive marine mammals.

For eight years he edited the premier journal in his field, Marine Mammal Science, and is now Editor Emeritus. He is also Editor of Special Publications for the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on "Assessing Ambient Noise in the Ocean with Regard to Potential Impacts on Marine Mammals," and chaired a National Academy of Sciences Committee on "Determining Biological Significance of Marine Mammal Responses to Ocean Noise." 


Behavioral ecology
Marine mammals
Sensory systems
Effects of ocean noise on marine mammals 


2009 May-Collado, L.J., and D. Wartzok. A characterization of Guyana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) whistles from Costa Rica: the importance of broadband recording systems. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 125:1202-1213.

2008 May-Collado, L.J., and D. Wartzok. A comparison of bottlenose dolphin whistles in the Atlantic Ocean: factors promoting whistle variation. Journal of Mammalogy 89:205-216.

2008 Southall, B., I. Boyd, P. Tyack, and D. Wartzok. Deep-diving odontocetes Behavioural-Response Study (BRS). Bioacoustics: The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording 17:186-188.

2008 Wartzok, D., and P. Tyack. Elaboration of the NRC Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance (PCAD) model. Bioacoustics: The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording 17:286-288.

2007 May-Collado, L.J., and D. Wartzok. The freshwater dolphin Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis produces high frequency whistles. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121:1203-1212.

2007 May-Collado, L. J., I. Agnarsson, and D. Wartzok. Phylogenetic review of tonal sound production in whales in relation to sociality. Evolutionary Biology. 7(136).

2007 May-Collado, L. J., I. Agnarsson, and D. Wartzok. Reexamining the relationship between body size and tonal signals frequency in whales: a phylogenetic comparative approach. Marine Mammal Science. 23 (3): 524-552.

2006 Cox, T.M., et al. Understanding the impacts of anthropogenic sound on beaked whales. Journal of Cetacean Research Management 7:177-187.

2005 Boebel, O., P. Clarkson, R. Coates, R. Larter, P.E. O'Brien, J. Ploetz, C. Summerhayes, P. Tyack, D.W.H. Walton, and D. Wartzok. Risks posed to the Antarctic marine environment by acoustic instruments: a structured analysis. Antarctic Science 17:533-540

2004 Wartzok, D., A.N. Popper, J. Gordon and J. Merrill. Factors affecting the responses of marine mammals to acoustic disturbance. Marine Technology Society Journal 37(4):6-15.