Jennifer Miksis-Olds

Jennifer Miksis-Olds

Phone: (603) 862-5147
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, Durham, NH 03824

My research employs acoustic methodologies to answer biological questions in both the marine and terrestrial environments. My primary interests include patterns and trends in ocean sound, animal behavior and communication, the effect of anthropogenic activities on animals and their environment, and the development of technology to observe animals in their natural environment. Aspects of acoustics, biology, oceanography, ecology, and engineering are combined to create the interdisciplinary approach necessary to extend the remote study of the ocean and of animals in their natural environment beyond where it is today.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 828: Marine Bioacoustics
  • BIOL/MEFB 828/795: Marine Bioacoustics
  • MARI 405: Intro Marine Mammal Sci Policy


  • Ph.D., Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), University of Rhode Island
  • M.S., UMass- Dartmouth
  • B.A., Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Acoustics
  • Acoustics Technology
  • Animal behavior
  • Animal Behavior/Ethology
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Oceanography

Selected Publications

  • Miksis-Olds, J. L., Seger, K. D., & Johnson, J. J. (2024). Understanding the relationship between the Bering Sea Cold Pool and vocal presence of odontocetes in the context of climate changea).. J Acoust Soc Am, 155(4), 2392-2406. doi:10.1121/10.0025466

  • Wilford, D. C., Miksis-Olds, J. L., & Martin, S. B. (2023). Multidimensional comparison of underwater soundscapes using the soundscape codea).. J Acoust Soc Am, 154(5), 3438-3453. doi:10.1121/10.0022514

  • Miksis-Olds, J. L., Martin, B. S., Lowell, K., Verlinden, C., & Heaney, K. D. (2022). Minimal COVID-19 quieting measured in the deep offshore waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.. JASA Express Lett, 2(9), 090801. doi:10.1121/10.0013999

  • Kowarski, K. A., Martin, S. B., Maxner, E. E., Lawrence, C. B., Delarue, J. J. -Y., & Miksis-Olds, J. L. (2022). Cetacean acoustic occurrence on the US Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf from 2017 to 2020. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE. doi:10.1111/mms.12962

  • Johnson, J. J., Miksis-Olds, J. L., Lippmann, T. C., Jech, J. M., Seger, K. D., Pringle, J. M., & Linder, E. (2022). Decadal community structure shifts with cold pool variability in the eastern Bering Sea shelf.. J Acoust Soc Am, 152(1), 201. doi:10.1121/10.0012193

  • Duarte, C. M., Chapuis, L., Collin, S. P., Costa, D. P., Devassy, R. P., Eguiluz, V. M., . . . Juanes, F. (2021). The soundscape of the Anthropocene ocean. SCIENCE, 371(6529), 583-+. doi:10.1126/science.aba4658

  • Parks, S. E., Miksis-Olds, J. L., & Denes, S. L. (2014). Assessing marine ecosystem acoustic diversity across ocean basins. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATICS, 21, 81-88. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2013.11.003

  • Holliday, D. V., Donaghay, P. L., Greenlaw, C. F., McGehee, D. E., McManus, M. M., Sullivan, J. M., & Miksis, J. L. (2003). Advances in defining fine- and micro-scale pattern in marine plankton. AQUATIC LIVING RESOURCES, 16(3), 131-136. doi:10.1016/S0990-7440(03)00023-8

  • Miksis, J. L., Tyack, P. L., & Buck, J. R. (2002). Captive dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, develop signature whistles that match acoustic features of human-made model sounds. JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 112(2), 728-739. doi:10.1121/1.1496079

  • Connor, R. C., Heithaus, M. R., Berggren, P., & Miksis, J. L. (2000). "Kerplunking": Surface fluke-splashes during shallow-water bottom foraging by bottlenose dolphins. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE, 16(3), 646-653. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2000.tb00959.x

  • Most Cited Publications