Deciphering Whale Songs


Students will explore the sonic world of the humpback whale and learn how to analyze their complex songs. 

Project description

The goal of this project is to develop computer programs capable of morphing between two different sounds produced by a singing whale in ways that reveal how the whale is controlling its vocalizations and possibly why it is singing.

Project outcome

The goal of this project is to clarify how whales control their voices as they sing and possibly to reveal why they are singing. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment 3-5 months; a semester
Start time Fall
Level of collaboration Small Group Project
Benefits Academic Credit, Voluntary
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
National Science Foundation Fellowship

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Eduardo Mercado



350 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0231


Start the project

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Preparation activities

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