Dr Ellen Garland:
Royal Society University Research Fellow

Research Overview:
Dr Ellen Garland

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

tel: +44-7478-649964
room: 305

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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.


Recent publications

5  (of 18 published available) for ecg5. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (6)
Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
vol.152 pp.182-194
Beluga whales in the western Beaufort Sea
Kathleen M. Stafford, Megan C. Ferguson, Donna D. W. Hauser, Stephen R. Okkonen, Catherine L. Berchok, John J. Citta, Janet T. Clarke, Ellen Clare Garland, Joshua Jones, Robert S. Suydam 
Keywords: Beluga whale, Delphinapterus leucas, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, Aerial surveys, Satellite telemetry, Passive acoustic monitoringQH301 Biology, GC OceanographyNDAS
Music & Science
Using agent-based models to understand the role of individuals in the song evolution of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Michael Mcloughlin, Ellen Clare Garland, Simon Ingram, Alexis Kirke, Michael J Noad, Luke Edward Rendell, Eduardo Miranda 
Keywords: Agent-based model, Humpback whale, Song, Song evolution, Vocal learningQH301 BiologyNDAS
2017 (25/7)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
vol.114 pp.7822-7829
2017 (31/7)
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
vol.142 pp.460-472
The devil is in the detail
Ellen Clare Garland, Luke Edward Rendell, Matthew Lilley, M. Michael Poole, Jenny Allen, Michael J. Noad 
Keywords: Song, Sequence, Cultural evolution, Levenshtein distance, Humpback whaleGC Oceanography, QH301 Biology, QL ZoologyDAS