Principal Investigator (Cornell)


Holger Klinck joined the Marine Mammal Institute as an affiliated researcher in June 2020. His primary appointment is with Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he is directing the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics (KLY-CCB) at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also a Faculty Fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University and holds a Courtesy Professor position with Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Before moving to the U.S. in early 2008 for a postdoctoral position at OSU, he was a Ph.D. student at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. His graduate work focused on the development of the Perennial Acoustic Observatory in the Antarctic Ocean and the study of the leopard seal (coolest animal ever!) vocal behavior. His current research concentrates on the development and application of hard- and software tools for passive acoustic monitoring of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. One of his goals is to enable researchers around the globe to acoustically monitor habitats and wildlife at large spatial scales. He is also studying the impacts of anthropogenic noise on the vocal and locomotive behavior of animals.

He is a full member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the moderator of the popular Bioacoustics-L mailing list, which is hosted by KLY-CCB. He is a manuscript referee for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Aquatic Mammals, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Ecological Informatics, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Animal Behaviour, Animal Biotelemetry, Deep-Sea Research Part I, Polar Biology, Biology Letters, PlosONE, Acoustics Australia, New Zealand Journal of Ecology, Nature Communications, PeerJ, IEEE Ocean Engineering, Sensors, Mammal Research, Scientific Reports, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Fisheries Research, Landscape Ecology, and Current Biology. He is also refereeing proposals for NSF, National Geographic, NOAA, Seagrant, and the U.S. Navy’s Living Marine Resources Program (LMR).

He advises several undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs. If you want to learn more about the KLY-CCB and the work they do, please visit:

He is an avid professional and college sports fan (Go Beavs!). His hobbies include running, sailing, and tinkering with gadgets. He lives with his wife Karolin in Lansing, NY, and they enjoy hiking with their two Australian shepherd dogs Lilly and Sammy and miniature dachshund Marvin.