Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jennifer L. Miksis-Olds

 

EDUCATION

A.B.                  cum laude in Biology, Harvard University, l996

M.S.                  Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2000

Guest Student     Biology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1996-2004

Ph.D.                 Biological Oceanography, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 2006

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

2014 to present            Founding Director, Center for Marine Science and Technology (C-MAST)

                                   The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2012 to present            Senior Research Associate, Applied Research Laboratory

                                   The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2012 to present            Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Acoustics, College of Engineering, Graduate Faculty, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, College of Agriculture

                                  The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2007-2012                   Research Associate, Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2007-2012                   Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Acoustics, College of Engineering, Graduate Faculty, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, College of Agriculture

                                  The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2005-2007                   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Fisheries Oceanography, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts

                                  Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA

2005-2006                   Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Estuarine and Oceanic Sciences, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,

                                  New Bedford, MA

2005                           Visiting Lecturer, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

2004-2005                   Research Scientist, Marine Acoustics, Incorporated, Middletown, RI

2000-2006                   Ph.D. candidate, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI

                                  Dissertation: Manatee response to environmental noise

2000-2003                   Graduate Research Assistant, Supervisor Percy Donaghay, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI

1997-2000                   Varsity Swim Coach, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

1997-2000                   Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

1997-2000                   M.S. candidate, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

                                  Thesis: The use of heart rate as a behavioral response measure in bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus

1997                           Laboratory Technician, Woods Hole Analytical Laboratories, Raynham, MA

1995-1996                   Research Assistant, Primate Cognition Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


WORKSHOPS, PANELS, AND COMMITTEES

Technical Program Chair, 199th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.  May 18-22, 2015.  Pittsburgh, PA.

Science Committee Member, Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition. 2015.

Panel Member, Ocean Studies Board of the U.S. National Research Council (NRC), Evaluation of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit Draft Environmental Impacts Statement and Peer Review.  2012.

Advisor, Second International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life.   August 16-20, 2010.  Cork, Ireland; August 12-16, 2013. Budapest, Hungary; July 2016. Dublin, Ireland.

Advisor, Technical Management Committee of the JIP sponsored by the International Oil and Gas Producers.

Committee Member, Women in Acoustics Committee, Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee, Animals Bioacoustics Technical Committee, Acoustical Society of America.

Committee Member, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Technical Committee on Underwater Acoustics.

Organizer and Session Chair, Acoustics in Polar Environments, 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.  April 19-23, 2010.  Baltimore, MD.

Conference Session Chair.  Manatees and Alligator Acoustics.  156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. November 10-14, 2008.  Miami, FL.

Conference Session Chair, Acoustic Sensing of Animals.  151st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. June 5-9, 2006.  Providence, RI.

Advisory Panel. Workshop on Ocean Ambient Noise Budgets and Long Term Monitoring: Implications for Marine Mammals. NOAA/NMFS Series 2004.  Warwick, RI.

Co-Organizer of SeaBASS, a Marine Bioacoustics Summer School program offered biennially

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Member, American Fisheries Society

Member, American Geophysical Union

Member, Society for Marine Mammalogy

Member, Acoustical Society of America

Member, P.E.O. Pennsylvania Chapter AD

Member, American Association for University Women (AAUW)

Guest Editor, Northeastern Naturalist

Guest Editor, Acoustics Today

Reviewer, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Reviewer, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering

Reviewer, Aquatic Mammals

Reviewer, Endangered Species Research

 

HONORS & AWARDS

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Nominee

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award 2011

NSF Young Investigator Travel Award - 2008

Acoustical Society of America Young Investigator Travel Grant - 2007

URI Outstanding Dissertation Award in Biological/Life Sciences - 2006

American Association for University Women Fellowship 2005-2006

Acoustical Society of America Best Student Paper Award 5/2004, 11/2004

Jane B. Smith Endowed P.E.O. Scholar Award - 2003

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow (NDSEG) 2002-2005

URI Graduate School of Oceanography Alumni Award 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Colicci Award in Ocean Engineering 2001, 2005

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Academic Scholarship - 1998, 1999

Lerner Gray Research Grant for Marine Science 1998

Ford Foundation Research Grant 1996

Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Certificate of Merit 1995, 1996

Harvard College Scholar 1995, 1996

Sigma Xi Research Grant Recipient 1995

 

OCEANOGRAPHIC AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

4/2010                         NOAA FOCI mooring cruise.  Bering Sea, AK. R/V Oscar Dyson.

10/2008                       NOAA FOCI mooring cruise.  Bering Sea, AK. R/V Miller Freeman.

9/2007                         Impacts of seismic gun sound on fish hearing.  Scott Reef, Australia.

1/2006 6/2007         New England groundfish stock assessment and monitoring using an acoustic-optic platform and AUV.  Massachusetts Bay, MA.  F/V Barbara L. Peters.

 4/2003 - 9/2004          Dissertation field-work on the acoustic environment of Florida manatees. Sarasota, FL. Mote Marine Laboratory

8/2002                         Operator of optic profiler on ORCAS NOPP cruise.  Monterey Bay, CA.

9/2001                         Operator of optic profiler on ORCAS NOPP cruise. Pensacola, FL.  R/V Longhorn.

2/2001                         Navy LWAD 01-1 cruise.  Operator of the active sonar for marine mammal mitigation. Southeast US Coast.  R/V Maurice Ewing.

6/2000                         Playback experiments and acoustic heart rate recordings to study the reactions of

                                   bottlenose dolphins to vocalizations, with Peter Tyack, WHOI.  Sarasota, FL.

4/2000                         Digital tag trials to record heart rate of free-swimming beluga whales, with Matthew Grund, WHOI, and John Buck, UMass Dartmouth.  Mystic Aquarium, CT.

6/1998 - 12/1999          Playback experiments and acoustic heart rate recordings to study the reactions of

                                    bottlenose dolphins to conspecific vocalizations.  Mystic Aquarium, CT.

9/1996 9/1997           Study of vocal learning of captive and wild dolphins.  Woods Hole, MA. 

5/1995 5/1996           Playback and interactive cognition experiments with rhesus macques, Marc Hauser, Harvard University.  Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico.

1/1995- 5/1996            Operant conditioning experiments with cotton-top tamarins, Harvard University.

 

ADVISING

Julia Vernon, PhD advisor, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics            2018

John Camin, PhD Committee, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics        2015

Samuel Denes, PhD advisor, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics         2015

Laura Madden, MS advisor, Penn State University, Wildlife & Fisheries                     deceased

Russell Hawkins, MS advisor, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics       2014

Samantha Tufano, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Penn State University               2013

Cara Hotchkin, PhD Committee, Penn State University, Ecology                                 2012

Michael Bollinger, Undergraduate thesis advisor, Penn State University                       2012

Julia Boyd, Undergraduate WISER adviser, Penn State University                               2011

Michelle Dienz, Undergraduate WISER adviser, Penn State University                        2010

Diana Ioan, MEng advisor, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics            2010

Dawn Grebner, PhD committee, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics    2009

Jeremy Joseph, MS committee, Penn State University, Grad. Program in Acoustics      2009

Deirdre Yeater, REU student, University of Rhode Island                                           2005

Maura Thompson, Intern, Mote Marine Laboratory                                                     2004