Jennifer Miksis-Olds

Phone: (603) 862-5147
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, Durham, NH 03824
Jennifer Miksis-Olds

My research employs acoustic methodologies to answer biological questions in both the marine and terrestrial environments. My primary interests include patterns and trends in ocean sound, animal behavior and communication, the effect of anthropogenic activities on animals and their environment, and the development of technology to observe animals in their natural environment. Aspects of acoustics, biology, oceanography, ecology, and engineering are combined to create the interdisciplinary approach necessary to extend the remote study of the ocean and of animals in their natural environment beyond where it is today.


  • Ph.D., Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), University of Rhode Island
  • M.S., UMass- Dartmouth
  • B.A., Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Acoustics
  • Acoustics Technology
  • Animal behavior
  • Animal Behavior/Ethology
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Oceanography

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 828: Marine Bioacoustics
  • MARI 405: Intro Marine Mammal Sci Policy

Selected Publications

Miksis-Olds, J. L., Martin, B. S., Lowell, K., Verlinden, C., & Heaney, K. D. (2022). Minimal COVID-19 quieting measured in the deep offshore waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.. JASA Express Lett, 2(9), 090801. doi:10.1121/10.0013999

Kowarski, K. A., Martin, S. B., Maxner, E. E., Lawrence, C. B., Delarue, J. J. -Y., & Miksis-Olds, J. L. (2022). Cetacean acoustic occurrence on the US Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf from 2017 to 2020. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE. doi:10.1111/mms.12962

Johnson, J. J., Miksis-Olds, J. L., Lippmann, T. C., Jech, J. M., Seger, K. D., Pringle, J. M., & Linder, E. (2022). Decadal community structure shifts with cold pool variability in the eastern Bering Sea shelf.. J Acoust Soc Am, 152(1), 201. doi:10.1121/10.0012193

Varghese, H. K., Lowell, K., & Miksis-Olds, J. (2021). Global-Local-Comparison Approach: Understanding Marine Mammal Spatial Behavior by Applying Spatial Statistics and Hypothesis Testing to Passive Acoustic Data. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 8. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.625322

Kates Varghese, H., Lowell, K., Miksis-Olds, J., DiMarzio, N., Moretti, D., & Mayer, L. (2021). Spatial Analysis of Beaked Whale Foraging During Two 12 kHz Multibeam Echosounder Surveys. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 08. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.654184

Duarte, C. M., Chapuis, L., Collin, S. P., Costa, D. P., Devassy, R. P., Eguiluz, V. M., . . . Juanes, F. (2021). The soundscape of the Anthropocene ocean. SCIENCE, 371(6529), 583-+. doi:10.1126/science.aba4658

Parks, S. E., Miksis-Olds, J. L., & Denes, S. L. (2014). Assessing marine ecosystem acoustic diversity across ocean basins. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATICS, 21, 81-88. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2013.11.003

Holliday, D. V., Donaghay, P. L., Greenlaw, C. F., McGehee, D. E., McManus, M. M., Sullivan, J. M., & Miksis, J. L. (2003). Advances in defining fine- and micro-scale pattern in marine plankton. AQUATIC LIVING RESOURCES, 16(3), 131-136. doi:10.1016/S0990-7440(03)00023-8

Miksis, J. L., Tyack, P. L., & Buck, J. R. (2002). Captive dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, develop signature whistles that match acoustic features of human-made model sounds. JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 112(2), 728-739. doi:10.1121/1.1496079

Connor, R. C., Heithaus, M. R., Berggren, P., & Miksis, J. L. (2000). "Kerplunking": Surface fluke-splashes during shallow-water bottom foraging by bottlenose dolphins. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE, 16(3), 646-653. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2000.tb00959.x

Most Cited Publications