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.


Ghani, B., T. Denton, S. Kahl, and H. Klinck (2023). Global birdsong embeddings enable superior transfer learning for bioacoustic classification. Scientific Reports 13:22876.
Hopping, W. A., C. J. Sayers II, N. R. Huaraca-Charca, and H. Klinck (2023). Simultaneous passive acoustic monitoring uncovers evidence of potentially overlooked temporal variation in an Amazonian bird community. Ibis n/a.
White, E. L., H. Klinck, J. M. Bull, P. R. White, and D. Risch (2023). One size fits all? Adaptation of trained CNNs to new marine acoustic environments. Ecological Informatics 78:102363.
Kelly, K. G., C. M. Wood, K. McGinn, H. A. Kramer, S. C. Sawyer, S. Whitmore, D. Reid, S. Kahl, A. Reiss, J. Eiseman, W. Berigan, et al. (2023). Estimating population size for California spotted owls and barred owls across the Sierra Nevada ecosystem with bioacoustics. Ecological Indicators 154:110851.
Kahl, S., T. Denton, H. Klinck, H. Reers, F. Cherutich, H. Glotin, H. Goëau, W.-P. Vellinga, R. Planqué, A. Joly, and K. Yang (2023). Overview of BirdCLEF 2023: Automated Bird Species Identification in Eastern Africa 4.0. Working Notes of CLEF.
Soanes, L. M., D. Carter, L. B. Symes, J. C. Daltry, H. Klinck, C. Lloyd, and F. Mukhida (2023). Passive acoustic monitoring of birds in the Lesser Antilles—a useful tool for monitoring remote sites? Journal of Caribbean Ornithology 36:62–74.
McCullough, J. L. K., E. E. Henderson, J. S. Trickey, J. Barlow, S. Baumann-Pickering, R. Manzano-Roth, G. Alongi, S. Martin, S. Fregosi, D. K. Mellinger, H. Klinck, et al. (2023). Geographic distribution of the Cross Seamount beaked whale based on acoustic detections. Marine Mammal Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.13061
Sethi, S. S., A. Bick, R. M. Ewers, H. Klinck, V. Ramesh, M.-N. Tuanmu, and D. A. Coomes (2023). Limits to the accurate and generalizable use of soundscapes to monitor biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution:1–6.
Holger Klinck
Center K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Email hk829@cornell.edu

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