Liz Ferguson joined Bio-Waves, Inc. in 2010 with experience in various aspects of marine mammal field research and interests in developing educational programs. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Biology, a B.A. in Marine Science, and a certificate as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist. She worked for over seven years as a Research Associate at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Her professional interests cover both the field of marine mammal bioacoustic research, and biological and marine science education for middle-school through undergraduate university students. Her passive acoustic research interests include investigations of the temporal and spatial distributions of marine mammal populations, acoustic abundance estimation, and passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals for detection, tracking and mitigation purposes. Her background includes training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which she uses for spatial mapping of survey related data and marine mammal habitat modeling.
At Bio-Waves, Liz serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education. She is responsible for company management and contract operations, and aides in project facilitation and management. Scientifically, she is involved in analysis of marine mammal acoustic data, assists with GIS needs, and scientific reports. As the Director of Education, she is responsible for the management and growth of the Education Program at Bio-Waves. She developed and organizes the Passive Acoustic Technology (PAT) training course which is held every year at UCSD’s San Diego Supercomputer Center. Additionally, Liz represents Bio-Waves, Inc. as the Committee Co-Chair for the Expanding Your Horizons San Diego Conference for girls in grades 6-10