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Dr Ellen Garland:
Royal Society University Research Fellow

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Dr Ellen Garland

Dr Ellen Garland
Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH
Fife
UK

tel: +44-7478-649964
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email: ecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Sea Mammal Research Unit
Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolution
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity

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My main research focus includes the cultural transmission of vocal behaviours, vocal learning, and geographic variation in vocalisations. I am also interested in vocal sequence analysis and advancement of related techniques, humpback whale song, beluga vocalisations, and acoustically derived population structures. My current work is focused on investigateing social learning in animals through the cultural transmission of humpback whale songs. This will increase our understanding of the form and function of vocal signals and exchanges in cetaceans. Previous work conducted at the National Marine Mammal Lab (NMML, AFSC/NOAA) investigated the geographic variation in the dialects of Alaskan Arctic beluga populations. This work has allowed previously unresolved population movements throughout the Alaskan region to be traced using fine-scale differences in spatio-temporal peaks in calling. This work highlights the successful application of acoustical studies to improve our understanding of stock structure for management and conservation in a region undergoing rapid change.

 

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