John W. Fitzpatrick Director
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.