Joy Stanistreet

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NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Marine mammal ecologist and acoustician conducting research on beaked whales and other cetaceans.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Joy Stanistreet joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research focuses on the acoustic behavior, distribution, seasonal occurrence, and habitat use of beaked whales and other cetaceans. In particular, she is using passive acoustic monitoring to assess the distribution and habitat use of the endangered Scotian Shelf population of northern bottlenose whales. Other projects include characterizing beaked whale signals, studying the effects of anthropogenic noise on beaked whales and sperm whales, and using broad-scale passive acoustic monitoring to assess the spatial and temporal occurrence of cetacean species throughout the Maritimes region.

Joy has unique expertise in the identification of beaked whale acoustic signals, and has worked on developing automated detection methods and custom software programs to facilitate the analysis of large passive acoustic datasets. She has co-authored publications on the acoustic behavior and seasonal occurrence of beaked whales and other cetacean species off the east coast of North America. Her work involves collaboration with other researchers at DFO, Dalhousie University, NOAA, and industry partners.

Education and awards

Ph.D. Ecology, Duke University, 2017

B.S. (summa cum laude) Marine Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2009

International experience and/or work

  • NSERC visiting postdoctoral fellow from the United States of America
  • Research cruises/fieldwork off the coasts of Canada and the United States, Hawaii, and the Caribbean

Key publications

Clarke, E., L. J. Feyrer, H. Moors-Murphy, and J. E. Stanistreet. (2019) Click characteristics of northern bottlenose whales (Hyperoodon ampullatus) and Sowerby’s beaked whales (Mesoplodon bidens) off eastern Canada. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 146(1): 307-315.

DeAngelis, A. I., J. E. Stanistreet, S. Baumann-Pickering, and D. M. Cholewiak. (2018) Description of echolocation clicks recorded in the presence of True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 144(5):2691-2700.

Stanistreet, J. E., D. P. Nowacek, J. T. Bell, D. M. Cholewiak, J. A. Hildebrand, L. E. W. Hodge, S. M. Van Parijs, and A. J. Read. (2018) Spatial and seasonal patterns in acoustic detections of sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus along the continental slope in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Endangered Species Research 35:1-13.

Stanistreet J. E., D. P. Nowacek, S. Baumann-Pickering, J. T. Bell, D. M. Cholewiak, J. A. Hildebrand, L. E. W. Hodge, H. B. Moors-Murphy, S. M. Van Parijs, and A. J. Read (2017) Using passive acoustic monitoring to document the distribution of beaked whale species in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74:2098–2109.

Stanistreet, J. E., S. Baumann-Pickering, H. B. Moors-Murphy, D. P. Nowacek, S. M. Van Parijs, and A. J. Read (2016) Effects of duty-cycled passive acoustic recordings on detecting the presence of beaked whales in the northwest Atlantic. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140(1):EL31.