Whitlow Au

Researcher Emeritus, Marine Mammal Research Program, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology

Echolocation, Hearing and Acoustics of Marine Mammals





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Research Interests

My primary research interest is in marine bioacoustics, especially dealing with dolphins and wahles but including other species. Within the field of bioacoustics, my interest includes hearing processes, sound production mechanisms, sound characterization, remote acoustic sensing and hearing capabilities.

Selected Publications

Au, W. W. L., Ford, J. K. B., Horne, J. K., and Newman-Allman, K. A. (2004). Echolocation signals of free-ranging killer whales (Orcinus orca) and modeling of foraging for chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha),J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 56, 1280-1290.

Au, W. W. L. and Würsig, B. (2004). Echolocation signals of dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) in Kaikoura, New Zealand,J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115, 2307-2313. Au, W. W. L. (2004). Echolocation Signals of Wild Dolphins,Acoustical Physics (Russia),50, 454-462. Benoit-Bird, K.J. and Au, W.W.L. (2004). Diel migration dynamics of an island-associated sound scattering layer, Deep-Sea Res. I 51, 707-719.

Au, W. W. L., and Benoit-Bird, K. (2003). Automatic gain control in the echolocation system of dolphin, Nature 423, 861-863. Au, W. W. L. and Herzing, D. (2003). Echolocation signals of wild Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis),J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 113, 598-604.