Prof Peter Tyack:

I am interested in the evolution of vocal learning in mammals and what effects this has on social behavior, especially mediating indvidual-specific relationships. My lab primarily studies cetaceans in the field, and we have developed new methods to sample behavior continuously from individuals. I am also concerned about the effects of anthropogenic sound on wildlife, and have studied effects of sounds such as naval sonar and airguns used for seismic survey on cetaceans. 


source: symbiosis

Recent Publications:

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Harris, CM, Thomas, L, Falcone, E, Hildebrand, J, Houser, D, Kvadsheim, P, Lam, F-PA, Miller, P, Moretti, DJ, Read, A, Slabbekoorn, H, Southall, BL, Tyack, PL, Wartzok, D & Janik, VM 2018, 'Marine mammals and sonar: dose-response studies, the risk-disturbance hypothesis and the role of exposure context' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 55, no. 1, pp. 396-404. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12955
Miksis-Olds, JL, Martin, B & Tyack, PL 2018, 'Exploring the ocean through soundscapes' Acoustics Today, vol 14, no. 1, pp. 26-34.
Wiggins, G, Tyack, PL, Scharff, C & Rohrmeier, M 2018, The evolutionary roots of creativity. in H Honing (ed.), The origins of musicality. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 287-308.