Email: mnoad@uq.edu.au
Phone: 07 3365 2088
Fax: 07 3365 1255
Webpage: Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory

Michael Noad originally did veterinary science at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1990. He worked mainly as a small animal vet in the Gold Coast hinterland for 15 months before travelling across Australia, southeast and southern Asia, and Europe to arrive in the UK in 1993. In the UK he worked again as a small animal vet and travelled through Europe and North Africa before returning to Australia in late 1994. In 1995 he started a PhD on the songs of humpback whales at the University of Sydney, supervised by Dr Douglas Cato and Prof Michael Bryden. After graduating in 2002 he held a post-doctoral position in the School of Life Sciences (now School of Biological Science) at UQ until taking up a position as lecturer in veterinary anatomy in the School of Veterinary Science in late 2003. He became a senior lecturer in 2008.

Mike’s main research interest is the use and perception of sound by humpback whales. This includes the use, structure and evolution of the whales’ songs and social sounds, song as a culturally transmitted trait, and the short and long-term effects of underwater noise on whales. His other main research area is the population ecology of the east Australian population of humpback whales. While he is also interested in marine mammal anatomy, he rarely has time to do anything about it.

Mike is a member and executive office of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and an associate member of the Acoustical Society of America.

Research Interests

Humpback whale behaviour and acoustic behaviour
The effects of noise on cetaceans
The function, cultural transmission and evolution of humpback whale song
The population ecology of the east Australian humpback whales
The development of acoustic survey techniques for cetaceans


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