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Marine Science Graduate Program

Ann Bowles, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Dr. Bowles specializes in bioacoustics, the study of animal sound perception and production, and directs the Bioacoustics Laboratory. Her areas of interest are animal communication and the effects of human-made noise. She has examined vocal recognition in emperor penguins and also has studied vocal learning and development in gray whales and killer whales.


Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Marine Biology

B.A., University of California, San Diego, Linguistics


Scholarly and Creative Work

Bowles has studied the effects of noise and disturbance on a wide range of species, including seals and sea lions; whales and dolphins; domestic animals; terrestrial mammals (kangaroo rats, kit foxes, and polar bears); birds (including northern goshawks and spotted owls); reptiles (desert tortoises, leatherback sea turtles); and manatees. She has focused on studies that clarify mechanisms of behavioral and physiological effects across species.

Bowles was a participant on the NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program Criteria Panel, which recently published the first recommended noise exposure standards for marine mammals. She has served on advisory panels for the U.S. Navy, Marine Mammal Commission, National Marine Fisheries Service, and International Union for the Conservation of Nature.