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Information for prospective students

Who we recruit

ORCAA recruits students with strong technical skills, including programing, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering. Students with a proven background in quantitative ecology, bioacoustics, and/or passive acoustic monitoring may find compatible research interests with our group. Students should have at least a basic knowledge of bioacoustic analysis and data collection. All students within the lab work extensively with signal processing and acoustic analysis; additional fields of study include physical oceanography, GIS studies, and behavioral ecology.  Students considering graduate studies are expected to excel at quantitative methods, as well as in technical writing and time management.  

Depending on the research objectives some student have intensive field studies which require travel, while others collect data locally or remotely.  Not all projects or students require fieldwork. Acceptance into ORCAA is highly competitive and prospective students are encouraged to review the projects in process, as well as the publications that have emerged from our group to ensure that the work we do is a good fit for your academic and research goals. ORCAA has the reputation for being friendly and frank; all of our lab members are available to be contacted.  

Although our work to-date has been primarily marine, students with an interest in terrestrial bioacoustics are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

ORCAA is housed within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.  Our lab is based out of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. Students graduate from the program with either a M.S. or a PhD in Wildlife Science. If you interested in joining ORCAA you should contact the lab PI, Holger Klinck in advance of submitting an application. Once you've made contact, follow the instructions on How to Apply to the M.S. of Ph.D. Graduate Programs in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.