Isha Bopardikar

Isha Bopardikar
Isha Bopardikar

I am a visiting researcher and a volunteer at the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics. I have been studying marine mammals in India since 2012 and my research has primarily focused on the acoustic communication of coastal cetacean species. I first visited the Yang Center in the fall of 2015 to attend the Sound Analysis Workshop. Following the workshop, I spent a month at the Yang Center to analyze humpback dolphin recordings from the northwestern coast of India.

My current study aims to describe the vocal repertoire of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins and explore behavioral context of acoustic communication. Subsequently, I will use passive acoustic monitoring to study habitat use and spatiotemporal occurrence patterns of this species in areas with a high degree of anthropogenic pressure. Apart from this, I am also interested in outreach and science education. Additionally, I volunteer with the Teach for India program.

Year Hired: 2017

Contact Information
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca NY 14850
Phone: +91-9821224369

Degree: MSc (Oceanography) University of Mumbai, 2013

Recent Publications

D’Souza, M.L. et al. (2023) ‘Arabian Sea Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Singing Activity off Netrani Island, India’, Aquatic Mammals, 49(3), pp. 223–235. Available at:
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 [Preprint]. Available at: