Principal Investigator, Mentor, Project Manager (2010-present)
In 1999 I started volunteering for Fundación Cethus because of my interest in conservation. As a volunteer I helped with administrative work and field work. Since 2010 I have been involved in research and marketing. Below are listed some of the goals reached, responsibilities encompassed in my work at Fundación Cethus, and some of the skill sets used:
- Leadership of people with different expertise and experience; mentoring of a PhD student
- Design, development and execution projects, including writing grants, obtaining funding, writing reports and outreach
- Teaching courses for general audiences, undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues
- Management of social media strategies and tactics, implementation of blog, YouTube and Google Plus
- Implementation new technologies (underwater sound recording device) in Argentina to conduct research on marine mammals
- Cross-functional team management; strong connections inside and outside the team; development and maintenance of strong partnerships
As for the research itself, I have been involved in the study of:
- Franciscana dolphins: describing their acoustic behavior, writing an acoustic detector with the potential of estimating population density, studying the impact of noise on this species
- Commerson’s dolphins: finding long-term behavioral correlations, describing their acoustic behavior and studying the impact of noise
- Antarctic marine mammals: we conduct visual surveys and acoustic recordings close to the Antarctic Peninsula. We focus on baleen whales, beaked whales, sperm whales, killer whales, and dolphins
Postdoctoral Researcher (2010-2011)
My second postdoctoral experience, which took place at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, focused on underwater bioacoustics. While I participated in several projects doing passive acoustic monitoring, I also worked on the characterization of mid-frequency active sonar, impact of man-made noise on marine mammals, and echolocation behavior of beaked whales.
Advisors: Prof. Dr. John A. Hildebrand and Dr. Sean M. Wiggins
Postdoctoral Researcher (2008-2009)
My first postdoctoral experience took place at the Department of Neurobiology of the Weizmann Institute of Science, working on neurobiology and behavior of flying foxes. My research project consisted of understanding the neural representation of 3D space in free flying bats.
Some of the tasks I was involved in consisted in training animals, guiding human resources to train animals, helping set up the new laboratory including complex electronic systems, collaborating to set up the animal facility, and teaching a neurobiology course for high school students.
During my stay at the Institute, I also edited a brain atlas of the flying fox Rousettus aegyptiacus, in collaboration with Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky and Dr. Raya Eilam.
Advisor: Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky
Doctoral Candidate (2004-2007)
My dissertation’s topic consisted on the echolocation behavior in bats. Here I trained bats to perform different tasks and carried out sound and video recordings. The methodology allowed me to have the 3D reconstruction of the bats’ flight paths and the acoustic behavior associated to the position.
Additionally, I spent a significant amount of time teaching courses for undergraduate and graduate students, and mentoring interns.
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler and Dr. Annette Denzinger
Master’s Candidate (2003-2004)
To finish my Master’s Degree in Science, I conducted my thesis in insect physiology. In particular, I studied the abdominal plasticization of the blood-sucking bug Triatoma infestans in the feeding context. Advisor: Dr. Gabriel Manrique
- Acoustic subcontractor for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (2013)
- Subcontractor at BioWaves Inc., creating an automatic mid-frequency active sonar detector (SonarFinder), which can also determine vocal impact of sonar on marine mammals (2012)
- Collaboration with BioWaves Inc., debugging and analyzing acoustic data proceeding from minke whales (2011)
- Collaboration with Smultea Environmental Sciences LLC, to correlate aerial sightings of cetaceans ith acoustic data in Southern California (2010-2011)
- Collaboration with Dr. Nicholas Kellar (Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service) studying stress-related hormone levels in bottlenose dolphins after being exposed to sonar (2010-2011)
- Fields work in Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. Joint project between the Univertität Tübingen, Univertität Ulm, and the Universidad Autónoma de México. Research done on nectar-feeding bats trying to assess the cues they use to find flowers in the desert (2008)