Rebecca E. Cohen

Postdoctoral Fellow


Bioacoustics • Marine mammals • Machine learning • Habitat modeling

I am broadly interested in bioacoustics and the spatial ecology and habitat use patterns of marine and aquatic species, especially in understanding drivers of observed patterns in distribution and activity. Practically speaking, I work primarily with passive acoustic data sets, applying machine learning and statistical tools to detect and classify species of interest, characterize distribution and activity patterns, and relate species presence and behavioral state to environmental factors and anthropogenic activities. My overarching research goal is to provide ecological insights to aid managers and stakeholders in implementing targeted and effective conservation and mitigation strategies.


Ph.D., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD
M.Sc., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD
B.Sc., Biology, CUNY Brooklyn College
B.Sc., Italian Literary & Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut

Beyond the Cornell Lab

I love to cook, and especially to bake! I was a professional pastry chef for about seven years before making a career change to ecological research.

Staff member Rebecca Cohen
Center K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics

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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library