Dr. Julie Oswald holds a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California. Julie worked for Bio-Waves, Inc. from 2010 to 2016, and now serves as a Scientific Advisor. Her PhD dissertation research was focused on developing a statistically based method for acoustic identification of delphinids using whistles (ROCCA – Real-time Odontocete Call Classification Algorithm). During Julie’s post-doc at the University of Hawaii (under the supervision of Dr. Whitlow Au), she continued her work on acoustic species identification as well as examining the presence of minke whales north of Oahu using acoustic data recorded at the Station ALOHA cabled observatory. Since completing her post-doc, Julie has continued to develop ROCCA by exploring alternate statistical techniques, adding classifiers and making the software more user-friendly by incorporating it into the PAMGuard acoustic monitoring software package (www.pamguard.org).
At Bio-Waves, Julie has been involved in the analysis of acoustic data collected using towed hydrophone arrays and seafloor-mounted acoustic recorders. These projects have included examinations of species occurrence, acoustic behavior and impacts of man-made sound on marine mammals. Julie’s research interests include detection and classification of marine mammal vocalizations, marine mammal acoustic behavior and the use of acoustic methods to understand marine mammal ecology.