JULIA R. G. DOMBROSKI
B.S, M.S, Ph.D Candidate
My research interests are centered on the overlapping themes of behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, and conservation. Broadly, I work in the following realms:
THE HUMAN FACTOR
Human presence is rapidly changing environments and the human factor now plays a central role in ecological and evolutionary processes. My work aims to understand how changes related to anthropogenic activities affect behavior and physiology and how these effects scale up to populations and communities. My aim is to inform decisions to enable the co-existence of humans and other animal species.
BIOACOUSTICS FOR ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING
From animal-borne to fixed sensors, I apply passive acoustic methods to explore animal communication, study the health of the environment, and monitor populations by listening, characterizing, quantifying, and localizing communication signals, environmental cues, and anthropogenic noise.
Animal-borne position trackers, motion, and acoustic sensors get us a step closer to our subjects' umwelt while dramatically expanding the temporal and spatial scale in which we sample behavior and corresponding context. In my work, I use biologging as a primary and complementary tool to study animal behavior. I have experience not only assembling tags but also applying tools to process streams and developing methods to analyze biologging motion (e.g. accelerometer and magnetometer) and position (GPS) data.