Cory Ann Hom-Weaver was born and raised on the island of Kauai, and grew up with a passion for the ocean and an innate understanding of conservation. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, Ca.) in 2009, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science. She began her work with Bio-Waves in 2008 as an intern, analyzing minke whale vocalizations known as ‘boings’ for the MISTCS project. During the spring of 2009 and 2010 Cory worked as a research assistant on the Minke Whale Acoustic Ecology and Behavior project off the island of Kauai, HI. During this survey Cory took the roles of marine mammal observer and bio-acoustician. Later she volunteered as the lead acoustician on the 2012 Palau Cetacean Survey, where she was in charge of the design and implementation of the first ever passive acoustic monitoring system for the island nation of Palau.
In the fall of 2012 Cory attended a NOAA-SWFSC workshop on Towed Hydrophone Array Construction (San Diego, CA), where she learned how to design, construct, and trouble shoot hydrophone arrays. Over the last three years she has lead acoustic surveys world wide. Cory has extensive experience using PAMguard, XBAT, Raven, Adobe Audition, and MATLAB software packages for signal processing. She currently works as a data analyst and field biologist for Bio-Waves.