Holger Klinck, Ph.D.

Director, CCB
Dr. Holger KlinckHolger Klinck

I joined the Lab in December 2015 and took over the directorship of the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics (CCB) in August 2016. I am also a Faculty Fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. In addition, I hold an Adjunct Assistant 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 CCB. 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 undergraduate, 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, NY and enjoy hiking with our two Australian shepherd dogs Lilly and Sammy and our miniature dachshund Marvin.

Year Hired: 2015

Contact Information

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. (2020) ‘Using the ecological significance of animal vocalizations to improve inference in acoustic monitoring programs’, Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13516.
Shiu, Y. et al. (2020) ‘Deep neural networks for automated detection of marine mammal species’, Scientific Report, 10(607). doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-57549-y.
Sethi, S. S. et al. (2020) ‘Characterizing soundscapes across diverse ecosystems using a universal acoustic feature set’, PNAS. doi: 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). doi: 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). doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2019.0795.
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). doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00721.
Fregosi, S. et al. (2020) ‘Comparison of fin whale 20 Hz call detections by deep-water mobile autonomous and stationary recorders’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(2), pp. 961–977. doi: 10.1121/10.0000617.
Dziak, R. et al. (2020) ‘Deep Ocean Passive Acoustic Technologies for Exploration of Ocean and Surface Sea Worlds in the Outer Solar System’, Oceanography. doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2020.221.
Davis, G. E. et al. (2020) ‘Exploring movement patterns and changing distributions of baleen whales in the western North Atlantic using a decade of passive acoustic data’, Global Change Biology, n/a(n/a). doi: 10.1111/gcb.15191.
Clink, D. J., Tasirin, J. S. and Klinck, H. (2020) ‘Vocal individuality and rhythm in male and female duet contributions of a nonhuman primate’, Current Zoology, 66(2), pp. 173–186. doi: 10.1093/cz/zoz035.
Clink, D. J., Hamid Ahmad, A. and Klinck, H. (2020) ‘Gibbons aren’t singing in the rain: presence and amount of rainfall influences ape calling behavior in Sabah, Malaysia’, Scientific Reports, 10(1282). doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-57976-x.
Clink, D. J., Hamid Ahmad, A. and Klinck, H. (2020) ‘Brevity is not a universal in animal communication: evidence for compression depends on the unit of analysis in small ape vocalizations’, Royal Society Open Science, 7(4). doi: 10.1098/rsos.200151.
Bouffaut, L. et al. (2020) ‘A performance comparison of tonal detectors for low-frequency vocalizations of Antarctic blue whales’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(260). doi: 10.1121/10.0000609.
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. doi: 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.
Diogou, N. et al. (2019) ‘Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) acoustic ecology at Ocean Station PAPA in the Gulf of Alaska – Part 2: Oceanographic drivers of interannual variability’, Deep-Sea Research, Part I.
Diogou, N. et al. (2019) ‘Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) acoustic ecology at Ocean Station PAPA (Gulf of Alaska) – Part 1: Detectability and seasonality’, Deep-Sea Research, Part I.
Diogou, N. et al. (2019) ‘Year-round acoustic presence of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and baseline ambient ocean sound levels at the Hellenic Trench and the North Aegean Trough, Greece’, Mediterranean Marine Science. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.18769.
Clink, D. J., Tasirin, J. S. and Klinck, H. (2019) ‘Vocal individuality and rhythm in male and female duet contributions of a nonhuman primate’, Current Zoology. doi: 10.1093/cz/zoz035.
Bouffaut, L. et al. (2019) ‘Automated blue whale song transcription across variable acoustic contexts’, Oceans 2019.
Kahl, S. et al. (2018) ‘Recognizing Birds from Sound - The 2018 BirdCLEF Baseline System’, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. doi: 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. doi: 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.
Fournet, M. E. H. et al. (2018) ‘Some things never change: multi-decadal stability in humpback whale calling repertoire on Southeast Alaskan foraging grounds’, Scientific Reports, 8(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-31527-x.
Fournet, M. E. H. et al. (2018) ‘Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) alter calling behavior in response to natural sounds and vessel noise’, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 607, pp. 251–268. doi: 10.3354/meps12784.
Fournet, M. E. H. et al. (2018) ‘More of the same: allopatric humpback whale populations share acoustic repertoire’, PeerJ, 6:e5365. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5365.
Fournet, M. E. H. et al. (2018) ‘Source levels of foraging humpback whale calls’, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(2), p. EL105.
Bopardikar, I. et al. (2018) ‘Description and classification of Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) whistles recorded off the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India’, Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/mms.12479.
Van Doren, B. M. et al. (2017) ‘High-intensity urban light installation dramatically alters nocturnal bird migration’, PNAS. doi: 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). doi: 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.
Davis, G. E. et al. (2017) ‘Long-term passive acoustic recordings track the changing distribution of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) from 2004 to 2014’, Scientific Reports, 7(1), p. 13460. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13359-3.
Salamon, J. et al. (2016) ‘Towards the automatic classification of avian flight calls for bioacoustic monitoring’, PLoS ONE. doi: 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. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2622.
Mellinger, D. K. et al. (2016) ‘Signal processing methodologies for detection, classification, and localization of marine mammals.’, in Au, W. W. L. and Lammers, M. O. (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. doi: 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 Friebe, A. and Haug, F. (eds) Robotic Sailing 2015: Proceedings of the 8th International Robotic Sailing Conference. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 29–37.
Dugan, P. et al. (2015) ‘Data mining sound archives: A new scalable algorithm for parallel-distributing processing’, in. IEEE, pp. 768–772. doi: 10.1109/ICDMW.2015.235.