Susanna B. Blackwell

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Senior Scientist

Ph.D.:  University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (Biology), 1996
Licence ès Sciences:  Université de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Biology), 1988

Dr. Blackwell has been working with large marine vertebrates for over 25 years—northern and southern elephant seals, Baltic grey seals, albacore tuna, Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tuna, bowhead whales, and narwhals, to name a few.  In the early stages of her career she was involved in the design and manufacture of several types of seal data loggers, recording parameters such as depth, temperature, heart rate, swim speed, activity levels, and bioluminescence.  She joined Greeneridge in May 2000 and has since collected and analyzed acoustic data on man-made sounds, such as those produced by impact and vibratory pile-driving, airgun pulses, and numerous construction activities, to assess their range and impact on marine vertebrates, mostly marine mammals.  More recently she has combined these two interests—in collecting data using tags and in assessing the effects of man-made sounds on marine animals—to examine how East Greenland narwhals react to sounds from airgun pulses, which are used the world over in seismic exploration for oil and gas.  She is the first author of ten refereed journal articles and a co-author in 29 others.  She is a member and Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and Sigma Xi (National Society for Scientific Research). Download curriculum vitae (PDF, 49 KB).

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