Principal Investigator

Jeremy GoldbogenJAG

Email: jergold (at) stanford (dot) edu

B.Sc. in Zoology. University of Texas at Austin (2002)

M.Sc. in Marine Biology. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (2005)

Ph.D. in Zoology. University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2010)

Postdoc: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (2011)

Postdoc: Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, Washington (2012-2013)

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Physical Science Reseach Scholar

Megan McKenna

Email: meganfmckenna (at) stanford (dot) edu          

B.A. Biology, Wittenberg University (2000)

M.Sc. Evolutionary Biology, San Diego State University (2005)

Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2011)

Research focus: Megan is an acoustic biologist. Her research focuses on the effects of noise on wildlife with direct implications for soundscape management and the conservation of acoustic habitats. She integrates a wide range of data sets generated from cutting-edge biologging and passive acoustic recording technology.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dave Cade (Website)


B.A. Mathematics, Brown University (2002)

M.A. Education, Stanford University (2005)

M.Sc. Earth, Ocoean & Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University (2014)

Ph.D. Biology, Stanford University (2019)

Research focus: Dave’s research combines elements of oceanography, physiology, ecology, and biomechanics to understand how the temporal and spatial scales of patchy resources influence the dynamics of animal groups.

Matt Savoca (Website)


B.Sc. Applied Ecology, Cornell University (2010)

Ph.D. Ecology, University of California, Davis (2017)

Research focus: Matt is interested in the physiological ecology of foraging and how it relates to the ingestion of plastic. His Ph.D. focused on the chemoattraction to dimethyl sulfide and how it predicts diet composition and consumption of plastic in procellariform seabirds and forage fish. Matt will be using his expertise to investigate how large filter feeders find prey across different temporal and spatial scales as well as their susceptibility to microplastic ingestion.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Paolo Segre (Website)

Email: psegre (at) stanford (dot) edu

B.Sc. General Biology, University of Illinois (2003)

M.Sc. Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, University of Montana (2006)

Ph.D. Zoology, University of British Columbia (2015)

Maneuverability is critical to survival and plays an important role in prey capture, predator avoidance, and territorial disputes. I am interested in the fluid dynamics, kinematics, and ecological correlates of maneuvering performance across a range of animals. My PhD research focused on quantifying and comparing the acrobatic maneuvers of tropical hummingbirds in Central and South America. At Hopkins Marine Station I am applying similar engineering principles to the study of maneuvering performance in free ranging rorqual whales.

Ph.D. Students

Max Czapanskiy

Email: maxczap (at) stanford (dot) edu

B.Sc. in Computer Science. Columbia University (2009)

M.Sc. in Geographic Information Science, San Francisco State University (2018)

Research focus: Max is focused on using fine-scale kinematic data to build energy landscape models and better understand how animals minimize cost of transport. By integrating these data with indicators of prey abundance and distribution, Max is exploring how animals balance the conflicting demands of multiple energetic currencies that collectively influence organismal performance and ecological niche.

James Fahlbusch


B.Sc. in Computer Science. S.U.N.Y Binghamton (2003)

Ms. in Business Administration, S.U.N.Y Binghamton (2005)

Research focus: James is interested in the prey density and distribution thresholds that determine the onset of foraging bouts in free-ranging animals as well as the potential mechanisms that animals use to find food in a seemingly featureless ocean. James will be using new tag technology to understand the patterns and processes that underlie foraging performance across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

William Gough (Website)

Email: wgough (at) stanford (dot) edu

B.Sc. in Animal Science. Cornell University (2014)

M.S. in Biology. West Chester University (2017)

Research focus: Will is broadly interested in the behavioral biomechanics of large marine vertebrates. His previous research experiences include studies on the lateralization of stereotyped behaviors in dogs, mechanical properties of control surfaces in cetaceans, and the biomechanics of escape behaviors in eider ducks.

Shirel Kahane-Rapport 

Email: skahaner (at) stanford (dot) edu

B.Sc. in Marine Biology. Guelph University (2016)

Research focus: Shirel is interested in studying foraging ecology and biomechanics of rorqual species using bio-logging techniques. She is especially interested in how body size determines physiological performance and ecological niche in rorqual whales.

William Oestreich

Email: woest (at) stanford (dot) edu

B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University (2015)

M.S. Environmental Engineering & Science, Northwestern University (2015)

Research focus: Will’s research focuses on connecting behavior across individual, population, and ecosystem scales. In collaboration with MBARI, Will is using continuously recorded acoustic data in Monterey Bay to understanding temporal variation in call behavior of large baleen whales. Will is also integrating tag-based acoustics and behavior to better understand the function and phenology of different call types. Will is co-advised by Larry Crowder.

Lab Alumni (First position after Goldbogen Lab)

Kelly Barr (Ph.D. Program, UCLA)

Jody Beers (Assistant Professor, College of Charleston)

Alex Boersma (

Nicholas Carey (Postdoc, Scottish Association for Marine Science)

Megan Jensen (International Maritime Organization)

Amalia Saladrigas (Coterminal Master’s Degree, Stanford)

Danuta Wisniewska (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dave Cade (Postdoc, UCSC)