Holger Klinck

John W. Fitzpatrick Director, K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics

As director of the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, one of my goals is to enable researchers around the globe to acoustically monitor habitats and wildlife at large spatial scales. My current research focuses on the development and application of hardware and software tools to acoustically monitor terrestrial and marine ecosystems and biodiversity. I am also studying the impacts of anthropogenic noise on the vocal and locomotive behavior of animals. I advise several undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell and Oregon State University (OSU) and I regularly teach national and international bioacoustics classes.

Before moving to the United States 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 vocal behavior of leopard seals (coolest animals ever!) I am a full member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), responsible for the ASA technical committee Animal Bioacoustics website. I joined the Cornell Lab as the director of the Bioacoustics Research Program in 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), where I lead the Research Collective for Applied Acoustics.

Beyond the Lab

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 Ithaca and enjoy hiking with our two Australian shepherd dogs, Lilly and Sammy.


McGinn, K., S. Kahl, M. Z. Peery, H. Klinck, and C. M. Wood (2023). Feature embeddings from the BirdNET algorithm provide insights into avian ecology. Ecological Informatics 74:101995.
Kennedy, A. G., A. H. Ahmad, H. Klinck, L. M. Johnson, and D. J. Clink (2023). Evidence for acoustic niche partitioning depends on the temporal scale in two sympatric Bornean hornbill species. Biotropica n/a.
Barlow, D. R., H. Klinck, D. Ponirakis, T. A. Branch, and L. G. Torres (2023). Environmental conditions and marine heatwaves influence blue whale foraging and reproductive effort. Ecology and Evolution 13:e9770.
Clink, D. J., I. Kier, A. H. Ahmad, and H. Klinck (2023). A workflow for the automated detection and classification of female gibbon calls from long-term acoustic recordings. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11.
Li, P., M. A. Roch, H. Klinck, E. Fleishman, D. Gillespie, E.-M. Nosal, Y. Shiu, and X. Liu (2023). Learning Stage-wise GANs for Whistle Extraction in Time-Frequency Spectrograms. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia:1–13.
Rameau, A., K. Andreadis, V. Ganesan, M. S. Lachs, T. Rosen, F. Wang, A. Maddox, H. Klinck, S. M. Khosla, C. F. de Luzan, and S. Madhusudhana (2022). Acoustic screening of the "wet voice": proof of concept in an ex vivo canine laryngeal model. The Laryngoscope n/a.
Ghani, B., H. Klinck, and S. Hallerberg (2022). Classification of group-specific variations in songs within House Wren species using machine learning models. Ecological Informatics:101946.
Conant, P. C., P. Li, X. Liu, H. Klinck, E. Fleishman, D. Gillespie, E.-M. Nosal, and M. A. Roch (2022). Silbido profundo: An open source package for the use of deep learning to detect odontocete whistles. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 152:3800–3808.
Fregosi, S., D. V. Harris, H. Matsumoto, D. K. Mellinger, S. W. Martin, B. Matsuyama, J. Barlow, and H. Klinck (2022). Detection probability and density estimation of fin whales by a Seaglider. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 152:2277–2291.
Kahl, S., A. Navine, T. Denton, H. Klinck, P. Hart, H. Glotin, H. Goëau, W.-P. Vellinga, R. Planqué, and A. Joly (2022). Overview of BirdCLEF 2022: Endangered bird species recognition in soundscape recordings. p. 1929.
Holger Klinck
Center K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Email hk829@cornell.edu

Join Our Email List

The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. Sign up for email and don’t miss a thing!