Anne Simonis

Anne Simonis

Adjunct Professor of Biology and Contractor with NOAA Fisheries
Acoustic Ecology
Phone: (415) 570-8949

Anne's Lab Website


Dr. Anne Simonis is an acoustic ecologist and oceanographer, working as a research affiliate with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Her research explores marine mammal acoustic behavior, foraging ecology, and human impacts, including ocean noise and fishery interactions. In addition to her research, she co-leads a research program for high school students, using a combined approach of virtual and in-person instruction to support investigations into passive acoustic monitoring, oceanography, and marine mammal ecology. Anne is passionate about improving youth mentoring programs, forming connections between researchers and the greater community, and getting authentic data and science practices into classrooms. Anne previously worked as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences’ Board on Science Education. She has published in many peer-reviewed journals, including Marine Ecology Progress Series, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Marine Mammal Science, Fisheries Research, and Endangered Species Research. Anne received her PhD in Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2017.

Selected publications:

Krumpel, A., Rice, A., Frasier, K. E., Reese, F., Trickey, J. S., Simonis, A. E., ... & D’Spain, G. L. (2021) Long-Term Patterns of Noise From Underwater Explosions and Their Relation to Fisheries in Southern California. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150(3), 1821-1829.

McCullough, J.L.K., Simonis, A. E., Sakai, T., & Olson, E. M. (2021) Acoustic classification of false killer whales in the Hawaiian Islands based on comprehensive vocal repertoire. JASA Express Letters1(7), 071201

Simonis, A. E., Trickey, J., Barlow, J., Rankin, S., Urban, J. Rojas-Bracho, L. & Moore, J.E. (2020) Passive Acoustic Survey of Deep-Diving Odontocetes in the California Current Ecosystem 2018: Final Report. NOAA Tech Memo: NMFS-SWFSC-630.

Simonis, A. E., Forney, K. A., Rankin, S., Ryan, J., Zhang, Y., DeVogelaere, A., ... & Baumann-Pickering, S. (2020). Seal Bomb Noise as a Potential Threat to Monterey Bay Harbor Porpoise. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 142.

Simonis, A. E., Brownell Jr, R. L., Thayre, B. J., Trickey, J. S., Oleson, E. M., Huntington, R., & Baumann-Pickering, S. (2020). Co-occurrence of beaked whale strandings and naval sonar in the Mariana Islands, Western Pacific. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1921), 20200070.

Simonis, A.E., Roch, M.A., Baily, B., Barlow, J., Clemesha, R.E.S, Iacobellis, S., Hildebrand, J.A., Baumann-Pickering, S. (2017). Lunar cycles affect common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) foraging in the Southern California Bight. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Baumann-Pickering S., Roch M.A., Brownell Jr R.L., Simonis A.E., McDonald M.A., et al. (2014). Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Beaked Whale Echolocation Signals in the North Pacific. PLoS ONE, 9(1)

Baumann-Pickering, S., McDonald, M.A., Simonis, A.E., Berga, A.S., Merkens, K.P., Oleson, E.M., Roch, M.A., Wiggins, S.M., Rankin, S., Yack, T.M. and Hildebrand, J.A., (2013). Species-specific beaked whale echolocation signals. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(3), 2293-2301.

Simonis, A.E., Baumann-Pickering, S., Oleson, E., Melcon, M.L., Gassmann, M., Wiggins, S.M. and Hildebrand, J.A., (2011). High-frequency modulated signals of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the North Pacific. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(4), 2322-2322.