| ART + SCIENCE |
marine biologist & science communicator
My research combines engineering, data science, ecology, and visualization to measure behavior and physiology of marine animals in a changing climate. For my dissertation, I developed a non-invasive system to record and visualize the sleep patterns of seals at sea published in Science.
AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
DATA VISUALIZATION &
DATA SCIENCE, AI, &
Sleep at sea
As increasing human impact coincides with changing ecosystems, it is important to assess how our activities affect animals' natural behavior. Marine mammal sleep had only been studied in the lab. For my dissertation, I combined art, engineering, and biology to develop a system to monitor and visualize the sleep patterns of seals at sea. These tools allow us to learn more about where, when, and how animals sleep at sea so that we can better manage and protect their critical resting habitats.
I designed a surface-mounted system for non-invasive recordings of sleep at sea.
I designed a visualization toolbox to allow us to see their behavior alongside their neurological state.
I applied the EEG-derived sleep patterns of wild seals to interpret sleep patterns at the population level.
JM Kendall-Bar, R Mukherji*, J Nichols*, C Lopez*, DA Lozano*, JK Pitman, RR Holser, RS Beltran, M Schalles, CL Field, SP Johnson, AL Vyssotski, DP Costa & TM Williams.
Eavesdropping on the brain at sea: development of a surface-mounted system to detect weak electrophysiological signals from wild animals.
JM Kendall-Bar, NX Kendall-Bar, AG Forbes, G McDonald, PJ Ponganis, C Williams, M Horning, A Hindle, H Klinck, RS Beltran, AS Friedlaender, D Wiley, DP Costa, & TM Williams.
Visualizing Life in the Deep: a creative pipeline for data-driven animations to facilitate marine mammal research, outreach, and conservation.
*** Non-peer-reviewed publication: doctoral dissertation.
VIDEOS & ANIMATIONS
MAPS & INFOGRAPHICS