Recent Program Funding

US Navy, Living Marine Resources Program

Office of Naval Research, Marine Mammals and Biological Oceanography Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Pinnipeds Program

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of Naval Research, Turbulence and Stratified Wakes and Submarine Maneuvering and Control Programs

Packard Ocean Sciences Research Endowment, University of California Santa Cruz

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Environmental Studies Program

National Geographic, Explorers Program

OGP, E&P Joint Industry Programme on Sound and Marine Life

Northwest Arctic Borough Science Committee

Packard Ocean Sciences Endowment, Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC

HDR, Environmental, Operations, and Construction, Inc.

Minerals Management Service

National Oceanographic Partnership Program


Some of our Partners

The Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska. We collaborate with the SeaLife Center to conduct studies on the health status and basic biology of polar-living seals.

Oceans Initiative. We study the acoustic biology of walruses and their susceptibility to noise disturbance with the science team at Oceans Initiative.

The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California. We work closely with TMMC on studies of California sea lions and other marine mammals that support specific conservation and rehabilitation goals.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. Our partnership with MBA’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program increases understanding of sea otter sensory biology.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Our long-term research with walruses has provided unique insight into developmental aspects of communication and cognition in this understudied species.

Native Village of Kotzebue, Kotzebue, Alaska. We expanded our hearing studies to include ice-dependent bearded seals with help and support from the Native Village of Kotzebue.

Aquarium of the Pacific. Collaboration with Long Beach Aquarium enabled us to complete the first comprehensive studies of hearing in sea otters.

SeaWorld, San Diego, California. We collaborate with SeaWorld San Diego on several projects, including bioacoustic research with ringed seals and walruses. 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Working with the Engineers at UVA allowed us to study the vibrotactile capabilities of pinnipeds and help develop bio-inspired sensors for underwater exploration.


Special Thanks

Hotline Wetsuits, Santa Cruz, California. For their help with design and manufacture of experimental “attire” for our seals.

Steve Weiss, Mountain View, California. For generous help with design and manufacture of experimental apparatuses for our sea otters.












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