Holger Klinck, Ph.D.

Dr. Holger Klinck
Holger Klinck

I am the John W. Fitzpatrick Director of the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I joined the Lab in December 2015 and took over the directorship of the Yang Center in August 2016. I am also a Faculty Fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. In addition, I hold a Courtesy Professor position at Oregon State University (OSU). Before moving to the U.S. in early 2008 for a postdoctoral position at OSU, I was a Ph.D. student at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. My graduate work focused on the development of the Perennial Acoustic Observatory in the Antarctic Ocean and the study of the leopard seal (coolest animal ever!) vocal behavior. My current research focuses on the development and application of hard- and software tools for passive-acoustic monitoring of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and biodiversity. One of my goals is to enable researchers around the globe to acoustically monitor habitats and wildlife at large spatial scales. I am also studying the impacts of anthropogenic noise on the vocal and locomotive behavior of animals.

I am a full member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the moderator of the popular Bioacoustics-L mailing list, which is hosted by the Yang Center. I am a manuscript referee for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Aquatic Mammals, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Ecological Informatics, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Animal Behaviour, Animal Biotelemetry, Deep-Sea Research Part I, Polar Biology, Biology Letters, Plos ONE, Acoustics Australia, New Zealand Journal of Ecology, Nature Communications, PeerJ, IEEE Ocean Engineering, Sensors, Mammal Research, Scientific Reports, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, and Landscape Ecology. I am also refereeing proposals for NSF, National Geographic, NOAA, Seagrant New Hampshire, and the US Navy’s Living Marine Resources Program (LMR).

I advise several undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs at Cornell and OSU and I am regularly teaching national and international bioacoustics classes.

I am an avid college and professional sports fan. My hobbies include running, sailing, and tinkering with gadgets. My wife Karolin and I live in Lansing, New York. I enjoy hiking with our two Australian shepherd dogs, Lilly and Sammy, and our miniature dachshund Marvin.

Year Hired: 2015

Contact Information
K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Room #142
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Phone: +1-607.254.6250
Email: Holger.Klinck@cornell.edu

Social Media: LinkedIn, Google Scholar.

Organization/Membership: Full member of the Acoustical Society of America

Recent Publications

Wood, C.M. et al. (2022) ‘The machine learning–powered BirdNET App reduces barriers to global bird research by enabling citizen science participation’, PLOS Biology, 20(6), p. e3001670. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001670.
Tuia, D. et al. (2022) ‘Perspectives in machine learning for wildlife conservation’, Nature Communications, 13(1), p. 792. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-27980-y.
Tolkova, I. and Klinck, H. (2022) ‘Source separation with an acoustic vector sensor for terrestrial bioacoustics’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152(2), pp. 1123–1134. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0013505.
Symes, L.B. et al. (2022) ‘Estimation of katydid calling activity from soundscape recordings’, Journal of Orthoptera Research, 31(2), pp. 173–180. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3897/jor.31.73373.
Reid, D.S. et al. (2022) ‘Breeding status shapes territoriality and vocalization patterns in spotted owls’, Journal of Avian Biology, n/a(n/a), p. e02952. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/jav.02952.
Palmer, K.J. et al. (2022) ‘Accounting for the Lombard effect in estimating the probability of detection in passive acoustic surveys: Applications for single sensor mitigation and monitoring’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 151(1), pp. 67–79. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0009168.
Fregosi, S. et al. (2022) ‘Detection probability and density estimation of fin whales by a Seaglider’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152(4), pp. 2277–2291. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0014793.
Wood, C.M. et al. (2021) ‘Survey coverage, recording duration and community composition affect observed species richness in passive acoustic surveys’, Methods in Ecology and Evolution [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13571.
Wood, C.M. et al. (2021) ‘Illuminating the Nocturnal Habits of Owls with Emerging Tagging Technologies’, Wildlife Society Bulletin [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.1156.
Reid, D.S. et al. (2021) ‘Noisy neighbors and reticent residents: Distinguishing resident from non-resident individuals to improve passive acoustic monitoring’, Global Ecology and Conservation, 28, p. e01710. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01710.
Mirin, B.H. and Klinck, H. (2021) ‘Bird singing contests: Looking back on thirty years of research on a global conservation concern’, Global Ecology and Conservation, 30, p. e01812. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01812.
Miksis-Olds, J.L. et al. (2021) ‘Ocean Sound Analysis Software for Making Ambient Noise Trends Accessible (MANTA)’, Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, p. 1144. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.703650.
Martin, S.B. et al. (2021) ‘Hybrid millidecade spectra: A practical format for exchange of long-term ambient sound data’, JASA Express Letters, 1(1).
Madhusudhana, S. et al. (2021) ‘Improve automatic detection of animal call sequences with temporal context’, Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 18(180), p. 20210297. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2021.0297.
Kendall-Bar, J. et al. (2021) ‘Visualizing Life in the Deep: A Creative Pipeline for Data-Driven Animations to Facilitate Marine Mammal Research, Outreach, and Conservation’, IEEE, VISAP.
Kahl, S. et al. (2021) ‘Overview of BirdCLEF 2021: Bird call identification in soundscape recordings’, CLEF 2021 [Preprint].
Kahl, S. et al. (2021) ‘BirdNET: A deep learning solution for avian diversity monitoring’, Ecological Informatics [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2021.101236.
Injaian, A.S., Lane, E.D. and Klinck, H. (2021) ‘Aircraft events correspond with vocal behavior in a passerine’, Scientific Reports [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-80380-4.
Gabriele, C.M., Ponirakis, D.W. and Klinck, H. (2021) ‘Underwater Sound Levels in Glacier Bay During Reduced Vessel Traffic Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Frontiers in Marine Science, 8. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.674787.
Wood, C.M. et al. (2020) ‘Using the ecological significance of animal vocalizations to improve inference in acoustic monitoring programs’, Conservation Biology [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13516.
Shiu, Y. et al. (2020) ‘Deep neural networks for automated detection of marine mammal species’, Scientific Report, 10(607). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-57549-y.
Sethi, S.S. et al. (2020) ‘Characterizing soundscapes across diverse ecosystems using a universal acoustic feature set’, PNAS [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2004702117.
Nieukirk, S. et al. (2020) ‘Multi-year occurrence of sei whale calls in North Atlantic polar waters’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(1842). Available at: https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1121/10.0000931.
Matthews, L.P. et al. (2020) ‘Acoustically advertising male harbour seals in southeast Alaska do not make biologically relevant acoustic adjustments in the presence of vessel noise’, Biology Letters, 16(4). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0795.
Klinck, H. et al. (2020) ‘The Rockhopper: a compact and extensible marine autonomous passive acoustic recording system’, Global Oceans 2020: Singapore – U.S. Gulf Coast, pp. 1–7. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1109/IEEECONF38699.2020.9388970.
Fregosi, S. et al. (2020) ‘Detections of Whale Vocalizations by Simultaneously Deployed Bottom-Moored and Deep-Water Mobile Autonomous Hydrophones’, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7(721). Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00721.
Wood, C.M. et al. (2019) ‘Detecting small changes in populations at landscape scales: a bioacoustic site-occupancy framework’, Ecological Indicators, 98, pp. 492–507. Available at: https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.018.
Matsumoto, H. et al. (2019) ‘Field testing and performance evaluation of the Long-term Acoustic Real-Time Sensor for Polar Areas (LARA)’, IEEE, Oceans 2019.
Kahl, S. et al. (2018) ‘Recognizing Birds from Sound - The 2018 BirdCLEF Baseline System’, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/arXiv:1804.07177v1.
Holdman, A.K. et al. (2018) ‘Acoustic monitoring reveals the times and tides of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) distribution off central Oregon, U.S.A.’, Marine Mammal Science [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12537.
Haver, S.M. et al. (2018) ‘Monitoring long-term soundscape trends in U.S. Waters: The NOAA/NPS Ocean Noise Reference Station Network’, Marine Policy, 90, pp. 6–13.
Van Doren, B.M. et al. (2017) ‘High-intensity urban light installation dramatically alters nocturnal bird migration’, PNAS [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1708574114.
Nelson, D.V., Garcia, T.S. and Klinck, H. (2017) ‘Seasonal and diel vocal behavior of the Northern red-legged frog, Rana aurora.’, Northwestern Naturalist, 98(1), pp. 33–38.
Matthews, L.P. et al. (2017) ‘Source levels and call parameters of harbor seal breeding vocalizations near a terrestrial haulout site in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve’, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(EL274). Available at: https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4978299.
Kahl, S. et al. (2017) ‘Large-Scale Bird Sound Classification using Convolutional Neural Networks.’, LifeCLEF 2017, Dublin, Ireland, 12-13 September 2017.
Haver, S.M. et al. (2017) ‘The not-so-silent world: Measuring Arctic, Equatorial, and Antarctic soundscapes in the Atlantic Ocean’, Deep Sea Research Part I, 122, pp. 95–104.
Salamon, J. et al. (2016) ‘Towards the automatic classification of avian flight calls for bioacoustic monitoring’, PLoS ONE [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371.
Nieukirk, S.L. et al. (2016) ‘A complex baleen whale call recorded in the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(3), pp. EL274–EL279.
Nelson, D.V. et al. (2016) ‘Calling at the highway: the spatio-temporal constraint of road noise on Pacific chorus frog communication’, Ecology and Evolution [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2622.
Mellinger, D.K. et al. (2016) ‘Signal processing methodologies for detection, classification, and localization of marine mammals.’, in W.W.L. Au and M.O. Lammers (eds) Listening in the Ocean: New Discoveries and Insights on Marine Life from Autonomous Passive Acoustic Recorders. Springer-Verlag New York, pp. 359–409.
Klinck, H., Kindermann, L. and Boebel, O. (2016) ‘PALAOA - a Perennial Acoustic Observatory in the Antarctic Ocean’, in Listening in the Ocean: New Discoveries and Insights on Marine Life from Autonomous Passive Acoustic Recorders (W. W. L. Au and M. O. Lammers, Editors). Springer-Verlag New York, pp. 207–219.
Haxel, J.H. et al. (2016) ‘A portable, real-time passive acoustic system and autonomous hydrophone array for noise monitoring of offshore wave energy projects.’, in Proceedings of the 2016 Marine Energy Technology Symposium. 4th Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS), Washington, DC, USA.
Fregosi, S. et al. (2016) ‘An animal-borne active acoustic tag for minimally invasive behavioral response studies on marine mammals’, Animal Biotelemetry, 4(1), pp. 1–15. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40317-016-0101-z.
Van Parijs, S. et al. (2015) ‘NEPAN - A US Northeast Passive Acoustic Sensing Network for monitoring, reducing threats and the conservation of marine animals’, Marine Technology Society Journal, 49, pp. 70–86.
Tripovich, J.S. et al. (2015) ‘Temporal segregation of calls in sympatric Antarctic (Balaenoptera musculus intermedia) and pygmy (B. m. brevicauda) blue whales’, Journal of Mammalogy, (96), pp. 603–610.
Matsumoto, H. et al. (2015) ‘Simultaneous operation of mobile acoustic recording systems off the Washington coast for cetacean studies’, in Proceedings of OCEANS 2015. Proceedings of OCEANS 2015, Washington DC, USA.
Klinck, H. et al. (2015) ‘Mobile autonomous platforms for passive-acoustic monitoring of high-frequency cetaceans’, in A. Friebe and F. Haug (eds) Robotic Sailing 2015: Proceedings of the 8th International Robotic Sailing Conference. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 29–37.