Broadly, our group conducts scientific research on the culture, behavioral ecology, and population biology of several cetacean species, with specific focus on social organization, cultural transmission, genetics, distribution, and acoustics. We take an interdisciplinary approach to cetacean conservation issues, often merging ideas and techniques from disciplines like machine learning, linguistics, and evolutionary theory. Our primary study species include the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), the northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), and the long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas). Past study species have also included Sowerby’s beaked whales, narwhals, river dolphins, killer whales, belugas, and more. Check out the species-specific pages under the Research tab to learn more about current and past research on our three main study species.