Dr Stephanie King
Scottish Oceans Institute|
University of St Andrews
I am currently an honorary research fellow at the University of St Andrews and a senior research scientist at SMRU Ltd. I completed my PhD in the research lab of Dr Vincent Janik, and my doctoral research investigated the temporal and social aspects of vocal interactions in bottlenose dolphins. Specifically my work has focused on the dolphin’s individually distinctive signature whistle and its use in vocal copying and vocal matching interactions. I have worked extensively with both captive and wild animals and used playback to observe the forms and functions of these vocal behaviours.
My current scientific interests lie in using playback as a tool to understand the function of different call types and the role of imitation of individually distinctive calls as well as the role of social and food-associated calls during dolphin foraging behaviours.