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 2017, 'Marine mammals and sonar: dose-response studies, the risk-disturbance hypothesis and the role of exposure context' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol Early view. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12955
Kvadsheim, PH, DeRuiter, S, Sivle, LD, Goldbogen, J, Roland-Hansen, R, Miller, PJO, Lam, F-PA, Calambokidis, J, Friedlaender, A, Visser, F, Tyack, PL, Kleivane, L & Southall, B 2017, 'Avoidance responses of minke whales to 1–4 kHz naval sonar' Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.05.037