Samantha McAllister: Seeing With Songs

Researching whale songs from hawaii

About the project

Final project outcome

Student reflections

What I did

Photo of whale.

This project studied the control humpback whales have over the sounds they make while singing. We did this by analyzing spectrograms for changes in frequency, duration, and shape. This project is important because it paves the way for more research on how whales sing. 

What I learned

From this project, I am most proud of being able to have these findings published in a scientific journal. I gained skills in working independently while communicating my ideas with the rest of my group. Additionally, I was able to strength my Excel skills. My biggest takeaway was learning about the process behind publishing a research paper. Overall, this experience has supported my academic and career goals because it has sparked an interest in animal behavior and marine animals.

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