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Lauren Wild, B.A., M.S.

Adjunct, Biology 


 112, Sitka Campus



B.A. in International and Global Studies, Brandeis University

M.S. in Marine Mammal Science, University of St. Andrews


Humpback whale long-term monitoring in Sitka Sound, 2007-present

  • Photo-identification, tissue sampling (diet & genetics), acoustics (social, feeding, and song calls)

Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project, 2009-present

  • Managing acoustics lab: signal processing sperm whale acoustics
  • Testing acoustic and passive deterrents to reduce sperm whale interactions with fishing gear
  • Diet studies: stable isotope techniques
  • Tagging studies: satellite tag movements and habitat use of sperm whales


Wild, L.A., Chenoweth, E.M, Straley, J.M., Mueter, F. (2018). “Evidence of dietary time series in cetacean skin using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios.” Rapid Comm. Mass Spec. 32, 1425-1428.

Wild, L.A., Thode, A.M., Straley, J.M., Rhoads, S., Falvey, D., and Liddle, J. (2017). “Field trials of an acoustic decoy to attract sperm whales away from commercial longline fishing vessels in western Gulf of Alaska.” Fish. Res. 196 141-150. 

Thode, A., Wild, L.A., Straley, J.M., et al. (2016). “Using line acceleration to measure false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) click and whistle source levesl during pelagic longline depredation.” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 140, 3941.

Thode, A.M., Straley, J.M., O’Connell, V., Behnken, L., Falvey, D., Mathias. D.K., Wild, L.A., Calambokidis, J., Schorr, G.S., Andrews, R.D., Liddle, J.B., Lunsford, C. (2015). “Cues, creaks, and decoys: using passive acoustic monitoring as a tool for studying sperm whale depredation.” ICES J. Mar. Sci. 72(5) 1621-1637.

O’Connell, V., Straley, J.M., Liddle, J.B., Wild, L.A., Behnken, L., Falvey, D., Thode, A.M. (2015). “Testing a passive deterrent on longlines to reduce sperm whale depredation in the Gulf of Alaska.” ICES J. Mar. Sci. 72(5) 1667-1672.

Straley, J.M., Thode, A.M., O’Connell, V., Behnken, L., Falvey, D., Liddle, J.B., Wild, L.A.(2015). “Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project (SEASWAP): A successful collaboration among scientists and industry to study depredation in Alaskan waters.” ICES J. Mar. Sci. 72(5): 1598-1609.

Wild, L.A., Gabriele, C.M. (2014). “Putative contact calls made by humpback whales (megaptera novaeangliae) in southeastern Alaska.” Can. Bioacoust. 42, 23-31.  

Thode, A., Wild, L.A., Mathias, D.K., Straley, J.M., and Lunsford, C. (2014). “A comparison of acoustic and visual metrics of sperm whale longline depredation.” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135(5), 3086-3100.


SMM (Society for Marine Mammalogy)

Alaska Student Chapter (Sitka Representative) of SMM

AFS (American Fisheries Society) Alaska Chapter

AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Courses Taught:

Biology 193 - Introduction to Stable Isotope Techniques in Research

Biology 294 - Stable Isotope Analysis in Ecological Research Practicum


Lauren was born and raised in Sitka, AK where she spent most of her childhood outside exploring southeast and southcentral Alaska, playing music, and dabbling in sports and music. She attended Brandeis University, where she received a BA in International and Global Studies, minoring in Mathematics, and studied abroad in Madagascar. She began an internship with Jan Straley at UAS Sitka in 2007 where she helped out on a long-term monitoring project with humpback whales. In 2009 she became a research technician on the Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project (SEASWAP) studying sperm whale interactions with commercial longline fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska. She has been with SEASWAP on and off since 2009, obtaining a master’s degree in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where her she received a distinction on her thesis, which explored a little-known acoustic signal male sperm whales make called a “clang”.  She is currently a PhD Candidate with the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences where she is exploring diet and movement of sperm whales in the Gulf of Alaska. She resides in Sitka, where she works out of UAS Professor Jan Straley’s lab at the UAS Sitka Campus. She can also be found playing music, hiking, boating, fishing, and generally exploring the Sitka area, rain or shine with her pup Nysa!


Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm or by appointment.


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