Prof Peter Tyack:

Research Overview:

I am interested in the evolution of vocal learning in mammals and what effects this has on social behavior, especially mediating indvidual-specific relationships. My lab primarily studies cetaceans in the field, and we have developed new methods to sample behavior continuously from individuals. I am also concerned about the effects of anthropogenic sound on wildlife, and have studied effects of sounds such as naval sonar and airguns used for seismic survey on cetaceans. 


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Harris, CM, Thomas, L, Falcone, E, Hildebrand, J, Houser, D, Kvadsheim, P, Lam, F-PA, Miller, P, Moretti, DJ, Read, A, Slabbekoorn, H, Southall, BL, Tyack, PL, Wartzok, D & Janik, VM 2018, 'Marine mammals and sonar: dose-response studies, the risk-disturbance hypothesis and the role of exposure context' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 55, no. 1, pp. 396-404. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12955
Miksis-Olds, JL, Martin, B & Tyack, PL 2018, 'Exploring the ocean through soundscapes' Acoustics Today, vol 14, no. 1, pp. 26-34.
Wiggins, G, Tyack, PL, Scharff, C & Rohrmeier, M 2018, The evolutionary roots of creativity. in H Honing (ed.), The origins of musicality. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 287-308.